Retail group Sears Holdings has announced changes at senior executive level to its retail and apparel operations.

Deidra Cheeks Merriweather is promoted to the role of SVP and president, retail services, succeeding James Haworth. Most recently SVP, procurement and finance, Merriweather joined the company in 2001.

Sears Holdings interim CEO and president Bruce Johnson described her as “an accomplished leader”, adding: “She has a keen understanding of the retail business.”

Meanwhile, Lana Cain Krauter joins Sears on 1 February as SVP and president – Sears Apparel.

“Lana is a great addition to our apparel team,” said John Goodman, EVP – apparel and home.

“She brings to the company an excellent track record with brand, product and customer loyalty programme development and a demonstrated success in creating and inspiring high-performance teams.”

Krauter was most recently president and chief merchandising officer for Bealls Department Stores, and has also worked for JC Penney, Goody’s Family Clothing, and Sears, Roebuck & Co.