The Wet Seal Inc's chief operating officer Gary White is leaving the women's wear retailer to take up a new role as CEO of United Retail Group Inc, a subsidiary of Redcats USA.

Although White will remain with The Wet Seal through the end of March 2008, the company says it will not be hiring anyone to replace him.

Ed Thomas, chief executive officer will assume some of White's responsibilities and will distribute other job functions among the existing company management team.

Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, The Wet Seal operates 399 Wet Seal stores and 95 Arden B stores.