Retailer Charming Shoppes Inc has named Jay H Levitt, the former president and CEO of May Merchandising and May Department Stores International, as president of the company's Fashion Bug brand.

Levitt has served in various retail-industry leadership and merchandising positions over the past three decades.

From 2001 through 2005, he was the president and chief executive officer of May Merchandising and May Department Stores International.

Prior to this, he held the position of president and chief executive officer of Robinsons May, following his responsibilities as the general merchandise manager for a number of May divisions over several years.

Alan Rosskamm, chairman of the board of directors and interim chief executive officer of Charming Shoppes, said Levitt's appointment "signals our continuing progress in recruiting brand leaders with a high level of executive merchandising experience."