Jones Apparel Group Inc today (20 May) said Aru Kulkarni has been appointed to the newly created role of president of sales at its Women's Wholesale Sportswear division.

Ms Kulkarni will oversee all wholesale sales functions, including developing and coordinating wholesale sales programs and strategies for Anne Klein New York, AK Anne Klein, Nine West Sportswear and Jones New York Collection, Signature and Sport.

She will report to Susan Metzger, chief executive officer of the Women's Wholesale Sportswear division

Ms Kulkarni has 20 years experience in the retail industry, most recently serving as chief customer officer for Liz Claiborne's Partnered Brands division.

Prior to joining Liz Claiborne, she held various sales roles at Warnaco and Maidenform.