Men's wear retailer JoS A Bank Clothiers has announced that James E Thorne has been promoted to senior vice president for merchandising at the company.

Thorne will head the company's merchandising department, with responsibility for product design, manufacturing and sourcing, planning and allocation and retailing of the company's merchandise lines.

Robert R Sears has been promoted to vice president of planning and allocation and, replacing Thorne as head of that department.

JoS A Bank president R Neal Black said: "Jim and Bob are seasoned and trusted executives whose work will be integral to the continued growth of the company. I am pleased to be able to fill two such important positions through internal promotions, a testament to the strength of the merchandising department here at JoS A Bank."

The company recently announced that as of 21 December 2008, its current CEO, Robert Wildrick, will become chairman of the board, with Black becoming CEO.