Retailer Harold's Stores has appointed Ronald Staffieri as chief executive officer.

Staffieri has over 20 years of experience in president and chief executive officer roles working for large retailers, and was most recently CEO of arts and craft retailer Rag Shops and president of Michaels Stores.

Staffieri will replace Clark Hinkley, who has been serving as interim CEO and will now remain involved with the upscale apparel chain in a merchandising capacity.

Non-executive chairman of the board William Haslam said: "We are very pleased that a retailer of Ron's caliber has decided to join the Harold's team. We are also grateful that Clark Hinkley will continue to assist the company's merchandising efforts."

The Dallas-based firm currently operates 42 ladies' and men's specialty stores in 19 US states.