Michael Brizel, currently senior vice president and general counsel of The Reader's Digest Association, will become executive VP and general counsel of Saks Inc on 7 May. He will join Saks on 16 April.

Brizel will be based in New York and report to Steve Sadove, chief executive officer of Saks. He will succeed Charles Hansen, who will leave the company, as previously agreed, on 4 May. Saks is in the process of consolidating its operations from its previous base in Birmingham, Alabama, to New York, and Hansen is among those who will not be making the move.

Brizel has spent nearly 18 years with Reader's Digest and has held his most recent post since 2002. Earlier in his career, he was with General Foods and the law firm of Summit, Rovins and Feldesman.