Cynthia Murray has left Stage Stores to join women's wear retailer Chico's FAS as president of the Chico's brand.

Ms Murray will report directly to David F Dyer, president and CEO, who said: "We expect that her creative insight and vision will be a key to helping us return Chico's as the leading retailer in women's specialty apparel."

She spent the last five years with Stage Stores, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of the Stage Division.

Prior to this, Ms Murray worked for Talbot's, Saks Fifth Avenue/Saks Off 5th, and Charming Shoppes.

Chico's operates 1,076 specialty stores under the Chico's, White House|Black Market and Soma Intimates names.