Stage Stores has appointed a new COO and president.

The company said in a statement that Andrew Hall will join the company effective 20 February, 2006. Hall joins Stage Stores from Federated Department Stores, where he most recently served as chairman of Foley's, a Houston-based division of Federated with 72 stores in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

As president and COO, Hall will oversee the company's merchandising, marketing and store operations functions. Hall, 44, will report to Jim Scarborough, chairman of the board and CEO of the company.

"We are extremely pleased and excited that Andy will be joining Stage Stores," said Scarborough. "I know that based upon his broad background and experience, he will be an asset to our company and will further strengthen our management team. I am confident that Andy will play an integral role in helping us fully realise the great potential of our company. In my continuing role as chairman and CEO, I will work closely with Andy as he assumes his new responsibilities."

"I am delighted to be joining Stage Stores at such an exciting time of growth and opportunity," said Hall. "I look forward to working with Jim and the other members of the Stage management team as we strengthen our position as the leading small town retailer of nationally branded family apparel."