Women's retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corporation has announced the appointment of Christine M Beauchamp to president of Ann Taylor Stores, effective immediately.

Beauchamp, who has been a strategic consultant to the company since earlier this year, succeeds Adrienne Lazarus who is leaving the company. She will report to Kay Krill, president and CEO of the company.

Krill said: "This transition of leadership at our heritage brand is taking place at an exciting time of evolution for Ann Taylor. I am delighted that Christine, a seasoned retail executive and valued partner to me over the last several months, will be assuming the leadership of our Ann Taylor Stores division.

"She has a deep understanding of our brand and customer base and will move seamlessly into this critical role. At the same time, I want to thank Adrienne for the many contributions she has made to the Company over the past 17 years."

Beauchamp was previously with Limited Brands, most recently as president and CEO of Victoria's Secret Beauty and prior to Limited Brands was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, specialising in consumer goods and retail. She began her career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.