Casual and golf apparel manufacturer Hartmarx Corporation has appointed Eric Prengel to the position of group president of HMX Sportswear.

He will begin the post on Monday (9 October), succeeding Jay Friedman, and his responsibilities include oversight and profit responsibility for the company's wholesale sportswear lines.

Prengel joins Hartmarx from Marc Ecko Enterprises, where he has held the position of senior vice president of sales and strategic planning since September 2004.

Hartmarx chairman and CEO Homi Patel said: "Eric's successful track record for driving performance, sales, and profit, combined with his experience in both the US and Canada, makes him an extremely desirable candidate for this position."

Prengel added: "I look forward to building momentum for the sportswear business and being an instrumental part in the corporation's next phase of growth and development."