Leading specialty retailer of plus-size women's fashions, Charming Shoppes Inc, has announced the appointment of Lorna Nagler as president of Catherines Stores Corporation.

She will be based at the company's headquarters in Tennessee and oversee all aspects of the business for Catherines Stores Corporation.

Nagler was previously senior vice president and general merchandise manager for the apparel division at the Kmart Corporation.

Commenting on the appointment, chairman, CEO and president, Dorrit Bern, said: "Lorna is a talented merchant, and a strong leader, and her arrival at Charming Shoppes is a great addition to our organisation. We are delighted that Lorna has joined us."