Apparel group Perry Ellis International has named Joe Shannon president of the Perry Ellis retail outlet division, effective immediately.

Shannon will be based at Perry Ellis' headquarters in Miami, Florida, overseeing the merchandising, sales and operations for all Perry Ellis retail outlets. He most recently served as president of Carter's Childrenswear retail.

Tony Campbell, Perry Ellis' executive vice president of business development, said: "Joe arrives at a critical point for our outlet store strategy.

"The Perry Ellis cache creates the potential for opening a total of over 80 major outlet centres nationwide. With over 30 years of retail store experience, Joe is the perfect choice to spearhead our expansion plans."

Perry Ellis currently retails through 32 outlet stores in 18 states. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of brands such as Perry Ellis, Jantzen, Cubavera, Munsingwear, Savane and Original Penguin.