The head of young women's wear retailer Pimkie, Eric Vandendriessche, has resigned from his post, the company confirmed in a brief statement.

No reason has been given for his departure.

Vandendriessche has been at the helm since 2005 and and in 2009 piloted a reorganisation programme designed to restore Pimkie’s competitiveness, financial standing and market share. It included the axing of 190 jobs in France out of a total workforce of almost 2,100.

The chairman of Pimkie’s board, Richard Maurice, will occupy Vandendriessche’s role on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed.

Pimkie, owned by the Mulliez family, which controls supermarket group Auchan, has a total of 665 outlets in 15 countries, including 260 stores in France, of which around 80 are said to be losing money according to staff union sources.