Upscale apparel retailer Harold's Stores has appointed Ronald S Staffieri as CEO, effective 9 October.

Staffieri will replace Clark J Hinkley, who has been serving as interim CEO. Hinkley will remain involved with the company in a merchandising capacity.

Ron Staffieri has more than 20 years of experience as a president and/or CEO of large retailers.

Most recently, he was CEO of arts and craft retailers Rag Shops and -resident of Michaels Stores.

"I look forward to working closely with the Harold's team," Staffieri said.

"As a Dallas- based retailer who has closely followed this great brand for many years, I am excited to be a part of this company as we continue the efforts to return to our classically-inspired roots."

Harold's currently operates 42 ladies' and men's specialty stores in 19 states.