Plus-size women's apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc has named Michel Bourlon as its new executive vice-president of sourcing.

Bourlon, the former managing director of Eddie Bauer International Ltd, will replace Erna Zint in the role.

He will be responsible for managing the Pennsylvania-based company's overseas sourcing organisation CSI, which is based in Hong Kong and has offices in Singapore, Bangladesh and India.

"I am happy to welcome Michel to Charming Shoppes and look forward to continuing our growth under Michel's leadership," CEO Dorrit Bern said.

"I'd also like to thank Erna Zint for her untiring energy and much-appreciated leadership during her time at CSI, and am pleased that she will be continuing with the company, responsible for quality assurance, quality control and technical design."