Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores Inc has named Kevin Boyanowski as senior vice president of global sourcing.

Mr Boyanowski, who joins the company from IBM's Global Business Service where he was a partner and solution lead, will report to Robert George, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

"In addition to offering an assortment of nationally recognised brands, we also develop and source goods from a variety of countries around the world," said Mr George.

"In support of these efforts, we have invested significantly to improve our global procurement capabilities to include enhanced quality control processes and stronger global relationships."

Family Dollar operates more than 6,600 stores and is based in Matthews, North Carolina.