Apparel group Perry Ellis International Inc has appointed Paul Rosengard as group president of the company's premium brands, as of 1 August 2005.

Rosengard, who will be based in New York, will oversee the Perry Ellis, Tricots St Raphael, Mondo di Marco and Axis brands.

Oscar Feldenkreis, vice-chairman, president and chief operating officer, said: "Paul's experience, as well as his relationships with retail senior management, will enhance our strong position across all channels of distribution.

"In addition, Paul's expertise with acquisitions and subsequent integrations will help maximize efficiencies within our premium brands."

Rosengard previously served as a key executive at neckwear maker Randa Corp, most recently as executive vice president.

Perry Ellis International Inc is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of men's and women's apparel, accessories, and fragrances.