US clothing manufacturer Kellwood Co has appointed former Kenneth Cole Productions executive Jill Granoff as chief executive officer.

Granoff will be responsible for the overall growth and direction of Kellwood's brand portfolio, including Vince, Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, BLK DNM, Zobha, Lamb & Flag and Baby Phat. Kellwood said Granoff's broad experience across brands, channels, product categories and geographies will be a "valuable asset" for the company.

Christopher Metz, managing director of Sun Capital Partners, which owns the company, said: "Jill's experience and leadership will add significant value as Kellwood expands its presence in the industry and further grows its brands worldwide."

Granoff replaces former CEO Michael Kramer, who was named chief operating officer for JC Penney Co at the end of last year.  

She most recently served as CEO of apparel firm Kenneth Cole Productions. Prior to this, she worked held senior roles at Liz Claiborne and Victoria's Secret Beauty.