Jones Apparel Group has appointed Cynthia DiPietrantonio to chief operations officer of the company.

DiPietrantonio has spent over 24 years with the apparel operator in many capacities, most recently as executive vice president, customer relations and corporate credit.

The company also announced the promotion of Norman Veit as its executive vice president of management information services. He has been with Jones Apparel for five years as senior vice president of corporate MIS.

Wesley Card, the company's president and CEO, said: "Along with the recent appointment of John McClain to the position of chief financial officer, these organisational changes will provide for strong and experienced leadership in our operations and financial groups.

"I am confident in the ability of these executives to lead and to continue to provide excellent customer service and to enhance our ability to meet customer requirements."