Apparel producer and marketer Hartmarx Corporation has named Susan Falk as group president of its women's wear division as of 15 January.

Falk will oversee sales, marketing, merchandising and operations of all Hartmarx women's businesses which include International Women's Apparel, Austin Reed, Barrie Pace, Exclusively Misook and Andrea Jovine.

Chairman and chief executive officer Homi Patel said that the company expected the growth of its women's businesses to continue in the future, and that the company was "pleased that somebody with Susan's credentials and experience will be spearheading this business for Hartmarx."

Falk was most recently president of The Body Shop International in London and president of the Avenue Division of United Retail Group Inc. She has also held women's wear roles with The Limited Inc and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Hartmarx produces and markets business, casual and golf apparel under brands including Hart Schaffner Marx, Hickey-Freeman, Palm Beach, Coppley and  Cambridge.The company has certain exclusive rights under licensing agreements to market selected products under a number of premier brands such as Austin Reed, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole and Burberry.