US women's wear retailer Ascena Retail Group has appointed Judith Langley as the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of its Dressbarn brand.

She replaces Keith Flusher and joins the business from accessories chain Charming Charlie's, where she held the role of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Prior to that, Langley held various positions at department store retailer Kohl's, Banana Republic, Gap Inc, Victoria's Secret, and May Company.

Ascena CEO and president David Jaffe said Langley will play a key role in the evolution of the Dressbarn brand, which offers clothing for petite, misses and plus size women.

Ascena Retail Group operates around 3,900 stores under its Justice, Catherines, Lane Bryant, Maurices and Dressbarn brands.