Casual apparel retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc has announced the retirement of president and chief merchandising officer Tim Harmon, and has also named Reenie Benziger to the position of executive vice president of merchandising for the company's PacSun division.

Harmon, whose retirement is effective on 1 July, has been with the company for nearly 14 years. His merchandising responsibilities will be assumed by the company's division presidents.

Prior to joining Pacific Sunwear, Benziger served as senior vice president, merchandising and planning for Gap Europe and senior vice president, kids and baby merchandising for Old Navy.

Pacific Sunwear is a leading specialty retailer of everyday casual apparel, accessories and footwear.