Men's and womens's apparel retailer Kuhlman has appointed Luis Padilla as chief executive officer of the company with immediate effect.

Padilla has more than thirty years' experience in the apparel industry and was most recently the president of merchandising at retailer Sears, where he led and integrated all merchandising and marketing across the company's broad product and brand portfolio.

Scott Kuhlman will remain as the company's chairman of the board and chief creative officer.

Kuhlman commented: "The level of energy that his involvement in our company generated as a board member was inspiring.

"We have believed since our inception that we have an incredible opportunity to create one of the country's best specialty retailers.

Luis' expertise and experience not only in merchandising, but also with regard to operational concerns, will prove invaluable to us as we build our store base and our capabilities."

The company also noted that its business has been strong through the key holiday retailing season and that the company continues to be on plan with respect to sales and margins.

It noted that its recent store openings were performing very well had occurred in time to contribute materially to its fourth quarter results.

Also today, the company announced that it had opened 5 new stores since the beginning of December.