Fashion giant Liz Claiborne Inc on Wednesday announced the appointment of Tommy Hilfiger's Todd Howard as group president, effective immediately.

The New York-based firm said Howard will report to EVP Angela Ahrendts and oversee women's DKNY Jeans, Junior and Active, City DKNY, Kenneth Cole New York and Reaction, Lucky Brand and the Spring '04 launch of Realities.

It added he was most recently president of the men's jeans, kids and juniors businesses at Tommy Hilfiger and prior to that was vice president of sales for sportswear and jeans at Calvin Klein.

"Todd's expertise is in developing and growing department and specialty store businesses for better brands," said Ahrendts.

"I look forward to partnering with him to strategically position and further drive these important brands for the company and our retail partners."