St. John Knits International Inc, designers, manufacturers and marketers of women's clothing and accessories, has announced the appointment of HW Mullins as chief executive officer.

Mullins has joined St. John from Neiman Marcus, where served as chairman and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Stores. Mullins will succeed Bob Gray who will continue as chairman.

Bob Gray said: "I have known Hugh for several years and am delighted that he has decided to join St. John. His experience at Neiman's speaks for itself. Not only has he compiled an impressive track record as an operating executive and a merchant, but he has also demonstrated the ability to develop managerial talent and motivate employees to perform."