Clothing retailer Charles Voegele Holding AG has appointed Berndt Bothe as its new board chairman.

Bothe, who takes up the role on 13 April, will oversee Voegele's expansion plans in Eastern Europe. He succeeds current chairman Carlo Voegele, who has been serving in the role since 1999.

Bothe has been on Voegele's board since 2002, and previously held managerial positions at Metro AG and Kaufhof Holding AG.

Charles Voegele, which has embarked on an expensive growth drive in recent years, made a net profit of CHF37.7 million in 2004.