Retail brand operator of Levi's Outlet by Designs and Dockers Outlet by Designs, Designs Inc, has promoted Ronald Batts to president of the Levi's and Dockers Outlet Stores.

In a news release, the company said in the newly created position, he will be responsible for merchandising and operations of the 100 Levi's and Dockers Outlet Stores.

Batts joined Designs in October of 2001 as senior vice president of store operations and previously worked as senior vice president of retail for the Haggar Clothing Co.

Commenting on the promotion, Designs Inc president and CEO, David Levin, said: "In recognition of Ron's exceptional job with our store operations, we believe this promotion is well deserved. We are confident that Ron's in-depth expertise will enable him to perform exceptionally well in his expanded role."

Separately on Wednesday, Designs Inc announced it plans change its name to the Casual Male Retail Group Inc, with shareholders voting on the proposal in August.