Jones Apparel Group has announced the promotion of Stacy Lastrina to executive vice president - marketing.

The appointment is effective immediately, with Lastrina now responsible for the positioning and marketing of all brands within the Jones Apparel portfolio.

Jones Apparel president and CEO Peter Boneparth said: "Stacy has been a valuable contributor to the overall success of the Jones Apparel. She has a strong sense for each of our brands and their respective positioning in the marketplace.

"Her leadership of the marketing team and the brand-building investments that we make are each essential components of our long-term growth philosophy. Stacy will play an integral role in the continued evolution of our highly recognizable brand portfolio."

Jones Apparel is a designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded apparel, footwear and accessories. On Monday, just-style reported that Polo Ralph Lauren agreed to pay Jones Apparel US$355m to buy back the Polo Jeans business in the US, and to settle all outstanding litigation and claims between the two companies.