Top design company Polo Ralph Lauren has announced the promotion of James B Hardy Jr to the position of senior vice president of flagship stores for Polo Retail Corporation, based in New York.

In his new position he will be responsible for all retail operations for Polo Ralph Lauren flagship stores in New York, London, Paris, Beverly Hills, Chicago and the East Hampton Country Store. James will report to Charles Fagan, executive vice president of Polo Retail Corporation

James, who has been with Polo for 15 years, was most recently the vice president and managing director of European flagship stores, based in London and responsible for the operation of the London and Paris flagships and Polo Ralph Lauren Children's store.

Prior to his European assignment James was merchandising manager involved in the opening of the first New York Flagship at 867 Madison Avenue.

In a related move, Helen Young has been promoted to vice president of European retail, based in London. Helen will be responsible for all operations of the Polo Ralph Lauren retail business in Europe, including sales, merchandising, branding and staff development. Helen will report to Lance Isham, vice chairman based in London.

Most recently, Helen served as senior director of sales and merchandising for Polo Ralph Lauren's European flagship stores.

Prior to joining Polo, Helen was general manager for DKNY/Reflections, responsible for the management of their designer stores in Benelux.