Retail group The Talbots Inc has named Robert Sosankin to the position of senior vice president, merchandise administration and inventory management.

Sosankin - who replaces Judy O'Keefe, who is retiring in July - will oversee all merchandise planning, control and store distribution functions for the company's misses, petites, women's and accessories and shoes businesses.

Sosankin has over 25 years' experience in merchandise planning and control and was previously senior vice president, planning, allocation and control for Cato Corporation, a specialty retailer of women's and juniors' apparel.

Talbots is a leading national specialty retailer and cataloguer of women's, children's and men's classic apparel, shoes and accessories. The company currently operates 1,051 stores throughout the US, Canada and the UK.