US department store retailer The Bon-Ton Stores has appointed former Belk chief merchandising officer, Kathryn Bufano, as its CEO.

Bufano replaces Brendan Hoffman, who has elected not to renew his three-year contract. She will take up the position on 25 August.

Hoffman will work through a transition period with Bufano.

Bufano has served as president and chief merchandising officer of Belk since August 2010 and previously served as its president of merchandising and marketing from 2008.