Liz Claiborne Inc (NYSE: LIZ), designers of women's and men's fashion apparel and accessories, has announced the election of Arthur C Martinez to the company's Board of Directors.

Mr Martinez' election brings the number of directors to eleven. His initial term as director will expire at the 2003 annual meeting of stockholders.

Commenting on the election, Paul R Charron, chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc, said: "Arthur's experience encompasses a wide spectrum of price-points, attitudes and distribution channels. His extensive background in marketing and retailing will be a tremendous asset as we continue to pursue our multi-brand, multi-channel portfolio strategy."

Mr Martinez, 61, recently retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Sears, Roebuck and Company, a position he held since 1995.

Previously, he served as chief executive officer of the Sears Merchandise Group.

Prior to his tenure at Sears, Mr. Martinez served in a number of increasingly responsible positions at Saks Fifth Avenue, the specialty retailer, and Batus Inc, culminating in his assumption of vice chairman duties.

He earlier served in senior management positions at RCA Corporation, Talley Industries and International Paper Company.