Women's fashion retailer, Ann Taylor Stores, on Wednesday announced the appointment of former Gap executive Jerome Jessup as senior executive vice president for merchandise and design.

The operator of nearly 600 stores said Jessup was formerly EVP for product development and design for Gap, GapKids, BabyGap and Body. Prior to that he held a similar position at the firm’s Banana Republic division.

"Jerome's extensive product and brand management experience will help us achieve greater consistency and excitement at Ann Taylor Stores," said Ann Taylor chairman Patrick Spainhour in a news release..

"As a critical member of the senior management team, he will intensify our client focus to assure we meet our clients' expectations season after season."