US retailer Saks has announced the appointment of Ernest LaPorte as senior vice president and controller of Saks Fifth Avenue (SFA).

He will be based in New York City and report to SFA's chief financial and administrative officer, Michael Archbold.

LaPorte, who has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in a range of industries, will assume his new role by August 2007. He has served as vice president of finance and principal accounting officer of Movado Group since February 2005.

Saks is currently in the process of consolidating a number of its finance and executive functions into the existing Saks Fifth Avenue home offices in New York City from Birmingham, Alabama. The consolidation process should be completed by the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2007.