Women's apparel and footwear retailer The J Jill Group Inc, has hired Robert F Dakin as vice president of retail store operations.

Mr Dakin will be responsible for managing the company's retail store operations, including the field organisation, and ensuring brand cohesiveness during the ongoing retail store rollout. He will report to Dennis Adomaitis, president of J Jill Retail.

Mr Dakin joined The J Jill Group from Brooks Brothers, a worldwide specialty retailer of men's and women's apparel and accessories. He served most recently as executive vice president and director of stores, where he was responsible for all areas of operation, including field organisation, visual merchandising, real estate, construction and store openings. Prior to Brooks Brothers, Mr Dakin was senior vice president, director of stores at Ann Taylor.