A change in executive management at Federated Department Stores Inc's Rich's/Lazarus/Goldsmith's (RLG) division sees Ron Klein, currently executive vice chairman of Macy's East, named chairman and chief executive officer of RLG, with immediate effect.

He replaces Arnold Orlick, 55, who served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Atlanta-based division since January 1999 and has resigned to pursue other interests.

Klein previously served as chairman of the company's Stern's division from January 1999 until its closing earlier this year. In his new position, he joins with David L Nichols, president and chief operating officer of RLG, which operates 78 stores in nine south-eastern and mid-western states.

RLG, with annual sales of more than $2.2bn in 2000, operates 25 stores under the Rich's name in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina; 47 stores under the Lazarus nameplate in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia; and six stores as Goldsmith's in Tennessee.