Walter Killough, COO of apparel retailer Delia’s, has been appointed as CEO following the departure of Robert Bernard.

Killough, who has been COO since December 2005, takes on the job on 14 May, while Bernard is to “pursue other opportunities”, the company said.

Delia’s chairman Carter Evans said Killough had been an “integral part” of the senior management team.

“Walter is a well-respected business executive both inside and outside Delia’s,” Evans added.

“His results-oriented management style and deep industry knowledge will be invaluable as he continues to move forward with the company’s strategic initiatives that we believe will drive long-term growth at the company, and value for our shareholders.”