US department store retailer JC Penney has appointed Ed Record as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president, replacing Ken Hannah.

Record, who was appointed under the tenure of former CEO Ron Johnson, will be responsible for the financial operations of the company, effective 24 March.

With almost 25 years of retail experience, he has held various positions at Stage Stores, Kohl's, Blek, and Federated stores.

"Ed is a highly accomplished executive with a broad understanding of retail finance and operations," said CEO Mike Ullman. 

"His extensive department store experience and track record of success make him an ideal candidate as we continue to advance our turnaround."

The move comes almost a year after Hannah denied reports he may leave the retailer after coming up against mounting pressure to turn the business around.

Earlier this month, JC Penney recorded its first quarterly comparable store sales increase since the second quarter of 2011, after a positive holiday trading period.