Specialty apparel chain New York & Company has appointed Susan Reiss as vice president, merchandise manager - casual.

Reiss will be responsible for the merchandising of all casual knits, casual bottoms, shirts and jackets, all active wear and all denim products.

Chairman, CEO and president Richard P Crystal said: "With over 25 years of experience in the retail industry, and extensive expertise in casual apparel, Sue is uniquely suited to capitalise on the opportunities in our casual business. We look forward to her many contributions and overall leadership."

Reiss has spent her entire career so far at the Express division of Limited Brands, where she rose to the position of leader of women's apparel.