Neiman Marcus Group has named James E. Skinner chief financial officer, succeeding John R. Cook, effective June 28.

Mr Skinner was senior vice president and finance chief of CapRock Communications Corp, a Dallas communications-service provider that recently merged with McLeodUSA Inc.

Mr. Cook will remain on Neiman Marcus's board. He is chief financial officer and senior vice president of publisher Harcourt General Inc, and served as Neiman Marcus's finance chief as part of a now-terminated service agreement between the companies.