Retailer Hot Topic, which sells pop-influenced apparel and accessories, has hired Amy Kocourek from American Eagle Outfitters as its chief merchandising officer.

Amy will oversee all elements of merchandising at the firm's Hot Topic division, including buying, planning and allocation, marketing, store design, visual and

She most recently held the post of vice president, general merchandise manager, women's apparel and accessories for American Eagle Outfitters, but has also held management positions at Old Navy and Rampage Retail Stores.

At Hot Topic, which operates 680 stores, Amy will report to Betsy McLaughlin, the company's chief executive officer.