US department store retailer Kohl's has named retail veteran Doug Howe as the company's chief merchandising officer.

In this role, Howe will be responsible for Kohl's overall merchandise strategy and all merchandising functions, including buying, planning, product design and development, sourcing, and merchandising transformation efforts.

He will also be tasked with driving the company's key strategies of cultivating a strong portfolio of national and proprietary brands, accelerating speed to market, and delivering strong inventory management.

Howe will report directly to CEO-elect Michelle Gass, who says: "Doug is a proven merchant and a visionary leader with a strong track record of driving growth through compelling products, brands, and customer experiences.

"He brings a unique combination of skills given his extensive background in working across digital retail channels, department stores, and mass retailers."

Prior to joining Kohl's, Howe was global chief merchandising officer at the Qurate Retail Group, identifying emerging trends, growth opportunities, developing category strategies, and attracting top vendors to the Group's QVC and HSN home shopping businesses.

Prior to this he led QVC's merchandising efforts for ten years and played an instrumental role in the growth of QVC's fashion business.

Previous leadership roles have included product design and development at Gap Inc and Walmart.

Kohl's operates more than 1,100 stores.