Christopher & Banks has named veteran retail executive LuAnn Via to be its new president and chief executive officer, the Pioneer Press reports. Via was most recently the CEO of Payless Shoes. She will start her new role with the women's apparel company on Nov. 26. Via replaces Joel Waller, who took over when Larry Barenbaum left the struggling Plymouth-based retailer in February.
Waller has agreed to continue working for Christopher & Banks as a consultant through June 30, 2013, according to a company news release.
Christopher & Banks rejected a buyout offer from Boston-based investment firm Aria Partners in July.