Department store operator The Bon-Ton Stores has reorganised its merchandising team following the retirement of Therese Callahan, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for center core and children's assortments.

Ms Callahan joined Bon-Ton in October 2006 and had a career spanning more than 40 years in the retail industry.

The retailer, which operates 278 stores under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers and Parisian nameplates, has now promoted Joyce Armeli as senior vice president, general merchandise manager, center core and children's.

Ms Armeli started with the company as a trainee in 1977, and has been instrumental in leading the company's ready-to-wear division, most recently as senior vice president, general merchandise manager.

Her former post will be filled by Kiki Lockwood, who is promoted to senior vice president, general merchandise manager, ready-to-wear.

Ms Lockwood has held her previous position as vice president, divisional merchandise manager of ladies' better sportswear, since joining the company in August 2002.

Mike Nemoir, senior vice president, general merchandise manager for men's and home, will continue in his current position.

All will report to Tony Buccina, vice chairman, president - merchandising, who said: "Joyce, Kiki and Mike are well-respected by our vendors and I look forward to capitalising on their expertise as we execute our merchandise initiatives."