US department store retailer Sears Holdings Corporation today (13 January) confirmed to just-style that John Goodman, its executive vice president of apparel and home, has left the company - paving the way for an executive shake-up in its clothing business.

The US' fourth largest fourth largest broadline retailer says its apparel and home merchandising group will now be led by Tara Poseley, president and SVP, Kmart Apparel, and Lana Cain Krauter, president and SVP, Sears Apparel.

Nick Grayston, SVP and president of footwear, is expanding his role to take on responsibility for the home business.

"Apparel is core to our company's future and success," the company said in a statement, adding: "The apparel team is committed and ready to deliver a strong year in 2012."

The Hoffman Estates-based retailer re-hired Goodman two years ago to help revive its clothing business. He had previously served as chief apparel and home officer for its Kmart unit.

As well as adding new brands - including a lifestyle collection by Hispanic actress Sofia Vergara and Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez - to attract younger shoppers, Goodman also set up a San Francisco apparel buying and merchandising office.

His departure coincides with the arrival of Ron Boire as chief merchandising officer and president of both the Sears and Kmart brands at the beginning of this month.

The struggling retailer also announced plans to close up to 120 of its Sears and Kmart stores after it booked disappointing sales over the Christmas period.

However, it is keen to play up the credentials of its new apparel and footwear team.

Nick Grayston, who oversees the Sears and Kmart footwear teams, previously held senior leadership positions at Foot Locker Inc, including president and CEO, Footlocker, Kid's Foot Locker, Footaction.

Lana Cain Krauter joined the company last February, and was most recently president/chief merchandising officer for Bealls Department Stores Inc. Tara Poseley, meanwhile, is a former president for Bebe Sport, and also spent 15 years with Gap Inc.