Apparel group Kenneth Cole Productions Inc has appointed David Edelman as its new chief financial officer.

Edelman, the company's senior vice-president of finance, will step into the role following a decision by current CFO Stanley Mayer to scale back his duties because of family commitments.

"We have every confidence that David will excel in the role of chief financial officer," CEO Kenneth Cole said.

"He has been an important member of our finance team and has a keen understanding of our business."

Mayer has committed to staying on with Kenneth Cole as a vice-president and senior adviser.