US-based teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters is seeking a new chief financial officer after Joan Hilson stepped down on Friday (18 May).

Scott Hurd, American Eagle Outfitters' vice president and controller, will assume the roles of interim accounting officer and interim financial officer until a successor is appointed.

Hilson will work with the company until the end of July to ensure an orderly transition.

"Joan has been a dedicated member of the AEO team for more than six years. On behalf of the company, I'd like to thank her for her contributions," said CEO Robert Hanson. "I also appreciate Joan's support during my transition and wish her all the best in her future endeavours."

Hilson, who has served as CFO for 12 years, was appointed as senior VP of finance in September 2005. She joined the company from Limited Brands, where she served as CFO of Victoria's Secret Stores.