US women's footwear, accessories and denim firm Nine West Holdings has appointed former Ralph Lauren executive Joel Oblonsky as CEO of its namesake and Bandolino brands.

Obslonsky takes up the new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for leading the business operations and brand strategy for both brands.

He has served in a number of management roles within Nine West Group from 1991 to 2004, including president of Bandolino from 1999 to 2003. Most recently he held the role of president of Ralph Lauren's Polo and Lauren footwear brands, positions he held since 2007, and president of accessories since 2009.

While with Ralph Lauren, Oblonsky grew both brands into market leaders within the footwear and accessories categories. Prior to this, he served as president and COO of Nina Footwear Corporation from 2004 to 2007.

"We are very excited to have Joel return to Nine West as CEO of the Nine West and Bandolino division," says Ralph Schipani, interim CEO of Nine West Holdings. "Joel has a deep understanding of operations and strategy, bringing two decades of senior leadership experience in footwear and accessories. We believe Joel is a great fit for Nine West and Bandolino given his familiarity with our brands and his track record of profitably growing businesses, and we look forward to his immediate contributions."