The chief operating officer of women's apparel retailer Ann Taylor Stores Corporation has resigned from the company to pursue other interests.

Barry Erdos, who joined Ann Taylor in 1999, will have his management responsibilities assumed by others within the company.

According to chairman J Patrick Spainhour, Erdos had made many important contributions to Ann Taylor's success during his time at the company.

"Barry oversaw our support operations during a time in which we greatly strengthened our capital position and made important strides to enhance our efficiency," he said.

"We wish him well as he moves on to new opportunities."

Prior to taking on the role of COO in 2001, Erdos served as the company's chief financial officer.