Apparel, accessories and footwear retailer Ross Stores has appointed Michael Kobayashi as its senior vice president and chief information officer.

Kobayashi, who will take on the role from 16 December, previously worked for management consultants and technology services company Accenture and has also been acting in an interim leadership role in the information technology department at Ross Stores since July this year.

Michael Balmuth, vice chairman and chief executive officer said: "We are delighted to have Mike Kobayashi join the Ross Stores senior management team.

"Mike has a long history of delivering large-scale system implementations and has designed and led comprehensive business/IT improvement programs for a variety of retailers."

Ross Stores Inc currently operates 642 Ross stores throughout the USA and Guam in addition to ten dd's Discounts stores located in California.