Women's wear retailer New York & Company has announced the appointment of Michele Parsons to executive vice president of merchandising.

Parsons will report to Greg Scott, president, and she will serve on the company’s executive committee. Parsons will join the company in the beginning of January 2011.

Parsons is a strategic merchandising executive with 25 years of experience in multi-channel retail businesses. She joins New York & Company from Coach where she held the position of vice president merchandising retail North America.

Greg Scott, New York & Company’s president, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Michele to the New York & Company management team. She brings substantial talent and experience to our company, with a proven track record of building brands through new and innovative merchandising strategies.

"We look forward to Michele’s significant contributions and leadership as we position New York & Company to be the modern wear-to-work destination for women who want fashion-right merchandise at an amazing value."