Mall-based apparel retailer Aeropostale has announced that Julian Geiger will end his service as chief executive officer at the end of the company's fiscal year.

Geiger has served as Aeropostale's CEO since 1996, and will continue to serve as chairman of the company's board.

Aeropostale's board has designated Mindy Meads and Thomas Johnson as Co-CEOs for when Geiger leaves.

On the same date Michael Cunningham will become president and CFO, Aeropostale added.

Geiger said: "Part of Aeropostale's unique culture is its emphasis on developing a group of tremendously talented and dedicated executives who will continue the outstanding performance that has characterized our past, while maintaining the core values that we believe make the company so special. We are therefore delighted by the promotions of Mindy, Tom, and Michael."

Meads has served as president and chief merchandising officer of Aeropostale since March 2007. Johnson has served as executive VP and chief operating officer of the firm since March 2004, and Cunningham as executive VP and CFO since March 2004.