US women's wear retailer Christopher & Banks has appointed former National Stores executive, Lynn Derry, as its senior vice president, general merchandise manager.

Derry took up the role this week and brings around 30 years of senior leadership experience in retail merchandising to the company.

Most recently she served as SVP, general merchandise manager at National Stores, a chain of retail clothing stores. Prior to this she has held general merchandise manager positions at Sears Canada, Dollar General, Charming Shoppes, and Bon-Ton Stores,

CEO LuAnn Via, said: "We are delighted and fortunate to have a merchant of Lynn's caliber. She understands the CBK customer, our brand and values, and will lead a team of talented merchants. Her extensive background in apparel and accessories will serve us well as we execute on our three-year growth plan."