Leading retailer of young women's clothing and footwear, Gadzooks Inc, on Tuesday announced the appointment of fashion industry veteran Sherry Andrus as its new general merchandise manager.

The Texas-based operator of 414 stores said Andrus was most recently divisional merchandise manager for May Department Stores and prior to that worked for companies including Macy's West, Saks Fifth Avenue and Federated Department Stores.

"We are looking forward to the positive contributions that Sherry will undoubtedly bring to the Gadzooks team," stated Paula Masters, president and chief merchandising officer.

"Sherry brings with her a great deal of experience in the junior market, as well as exceptional leadership and management skills. Her talent and expertise are certain to complement the future growth and success of Gadzooks."