JoS. A. Bank Clothiers has promoted James W. Thorne to executive vice president for merchandising and chief merchandising officer. In the role, Thorne will continue to lead the company's merchandising department.

His position has responsibility for all product design, manufacturing and sourcing; all planning and allocation; and all retailing of the company's merchandise lines, including all tailored clothing, sportswear, shirts and accessories. Thorne will assume his new roles from February.

Thorne, 48, joined JoS. A. Bank in 1986 and has held a variety of increasingly important merchandising positions, including, most recently, senior vice president for merchandising and head of planning and allocation. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Thorne will continue to report to company president and CEO R. Neal Black.

Black stated: "I have worked with Jim for nearly ten years and trust him to continue increasing the already high level of quality in our merchandise, while working to reduce costs, develop innovative products and maintain high levels of inventory fulfillment for our customers. I am pleased that Jim will remain an integral part of the growth of the company."

Thorne's promotion is part of the company's succession plan announced last year. As of 21 December 2008, former CEO Robert Wildrick became chairman of the board and Black became CEO. Thorne replaces Black as chief merchandising officer.