Fashion retailer American Apparel Inc said Adrian Kowalewski has been appointed as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

Kowalewski joined American Apparel in 2006 and has served as director of corporate finance and development for the past two years, where his responsibilities have included finance, corporate strategy, and investor relations.

He has been a member of American Apparel's board of directors since the completion of the merger with Endeavor Acquisition Corp in December 2007.

Dov Charney, chairman and chief executive officer of American Apparel, said: "The board of directors is very pleased that Adrian has agreed to take on the added responsibility of serving as CFO.

"In light of his past contributions to American Apparel, and his efforts over the past six months in helping to build the accounting and finance functions at the company, both I and the rest of the board have full confidence that he will serve the company well in this new leadership role."