Apparel retailer The Children's Place Retail Stores has appointed director Norman Matthews as chair of the company's board of directors.

He succeeds Sally Frame Kasaks, who has served as acting chair of the board and lead director since January 2007.

Kasaks will continue to serve as a director of the company, a statement said.

"Norm Matthews brought significant industry and marketing experience when he joined the company's board in March 2009," said Sally Frame Kasaks.

"He has been a major contributor in the short time he has served as a director and I look forward to working with him in his new role as chairman."

Matthews was elected as a director in July at the 2009 annual stockholders meeting.

Previously, he served on the boards of Sunoco Inc, Toys "R" Us and Federated Department Stores. He was president of Federated until the company was sold in 1988.