Karen Beebe is the chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president, operations and e-commerce at Vineyard Vines. In this role, she’s responsible for overseeing all facets of technology for the organization and driving the unified commerce/omnichannel vision to deliver an “Every Day Should Feel This Good” customer experience.
Prior to joining Vineyard Vines, Karen held the position of senior vice president, application development and delivery for Chico’s FAS, Inc. She joined the company in June 2009, providing enterprisewide technology solution direction and transformation programs, bringing Chico’s FAS to their current platforms of SAP, JDA, SAS, and PTC. She also directed the strategy and delivery of shared inventory across all channels (stores, catalog, and web) allowing for omnichannel operations.
Prior to joining Chico’s FAS, Inc., Karen was at Limited Brands, Inc. (now L Brands), where she held various positions, including chief technology officer of Bath and Body Works and vice president, business solutions group for the multibrand, international enterprise. Throughout her career she held many management and operational positions in technology as well as merchandise planning, allocation, and internal audit. Over the years she has been engaged in startups, including Victoria’s Secret Beauty and PINK, and many mergers and acquisitions, including spinning off Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited TOO (Tween Brands now Ascena), Express, and The Limited.
Karen has been part of executive leadership teams that have won two CIO 100 Awards and she has served on many technology vendor user boards in global leadership positions. She has also served her community on non-profit boards. She was most recently featured in the January 2018 editions of both RIS News and Chain Store Age “Top Women in Retail Tech.”