Women's wear retailer Christopher & Banks Corporation has tapped its interim chief executive officer Larry Barenbaum to the permanent post of president and CEO.

Barenbaum served in the interim post since October 2010, and has been a member of the board of directors of the company since 1992 and chair of the board since 2005.

Lead director Anne Jones said the appointment was made on the back of "his initial accomplishments as interim chief executive officer over the past three months, providing a clear direction for our company and energising our associates."

For his part, Barenbaum, who has over 25 years of experience in the retail industry, including owning a fashion import, manufacturing and design company, said he is "excited and thrilled" at the new opportunity.

Following Barenbaum's appointment, James Fuld Jr has been elected  as chair of the board.