Department store chain Stein Mart has announced the appointment of Robert L Mettler to the company's board of directors.

Now retired, Mettler is the former chairman/chief executive officer of Macy's West, a division of Macy's Inc that he joined as president in 2000.

Prior to joining Macy's West, Mettler spent nearly 40 years in progressive retail leadership positions including president of merchandising full line stores for Sears, Roebuck and Co, and president and chief executive officer of Robinson's Department Stores.

Mettler's appointment to the Stein Mart board of directors is effective immediately. He also serves on the board of directors of Jones Apparel Group.

"We are delighted to welcome Bob to Stein Mart's board of directors," said Jay Stein, chairman of the board. "After serving in leadership positions with some of the country's premier retailers, his guidance will be invaluable."