Retail marketing executive Caryn Lerner has moved from Escada Inc to take up the post of president at fashion retailer Holt Renfrew & Co.

Lerner, who was president and chief marketing officer at upscale brand Escada Inc, takes over the role left vacant by Andrew Jennings when he joined department chain Saks Fifth Avenue in February.

Holt Renfrew chairman Galen Weston said in a statement: "Caryn's proven leadership skills will play a key role in the evolution of Holt Renfrew as an emerging international brand".

Holt Renfrew operates nine outlets across Canada.