Apparel manufacturer Kellwood Holding has promoted CFO Joseph Lombardi to the role of chief executive officer.

Lombardi joined Kellwood as finance chief in 2013 with more than three decades of retail experience across a variety of sectors, including apparel.

He will take up the role with immediate effect, succeeding Lynn Shanahan who has left the company to reassume her role at the helm of C2 Group - a strategic brand building company.

"We appreciate the significant contributions Lynn made during her tenure at Kellwood which included the launch of Sam Edelman Apparel and the acquisition of Parker. We wish her continued success," said Mark Brody, Kellwood board director.

He added: "[Lombardi] brings a wealth of leadership and industry experience to the table along with financial acumen. These skills will be invaluable as the company continues to build on its strong foundation for growth."