German fashion retailer Tom Tailor Holding AG has promoted Dr Marc Schumacher to its management board and tasked him with overseeing the group's retail activities.

Responsibilities will include expansion of the company's retail space and renewed marketing activities to boost expansion in domestic and foreign markets.

Dr Schumacher joined Tom Tailor in 2008 and was most recently director of retail and international marketing. Prior to this he worked for the Breuninger Group and Hugo Boss.

"The creation of a new management board position specifically for the group's retail activities sends out a clear message concerning the significance of this area to the ongoing growth of Tom Tailor," said chairman Uwe Schröder.

Sales in the retail segment rose by 35% to EUR27.4m in the first quarter of 2011. The company now operates more than 200 stores and intends to open between 60 and 70 in the course of this year.