Plus-size fashion retailer Ashley Stewart has named Celia Clancy, the former president of the AJ Wright clothing chain, as its new president and chief executive officer. 

Clancy has more than 30 years experience in retail and women's apparel, including positions at New York private equity firm Cerberus and discount retailer Wal-Mart

She will replace Laura Weil who is resigning to focus on other activities including consulting and her outside board memberships.

"We are going to reinforce the brand's leadership position in value-oriented plus size fashion, expand the retail footprint and develop new channels of growth, including e-commerce and potentially licensing," Clancy says.