Jones Apparel Group Inc has promoted Jay Friedman to the post of chief executive officer of its company-owned retail footwear and apparel unit.

Mr Friedman, who previously served as president, company-owned retail footwear and apparel, will continue to report to Andrew Cohen, chief executive officer, footwear, accessories and retail.

Wesley R Card, Jones Apparel Group president and chief executive officer, said: "Jay is a key member of our senior management team, and I am pleased with all that he and his team have accomplished to date to begin the turnaround of our retail operations."

Mr Cohen added: "Under Jay's leadership, the team has implemented a number of initiatives to improve the performance of the retail chain, including enhancing merchandise assortments throughout our stores and remodelling and refreshing our store environments to enhance the consumer's overall shopping experience."

Jones Apparel's brands include brands include Jones New York, Nine West, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Kasper, Bandolino, Easy Spirit, l.e.i., and Joan & David.