Apparel company The Warnaco Group Inc has named Helen McCluskey as its new group president of intimate apparel.

McCluskey, 49, was formerly group president of Liz Claiborne's moderate women's sportwear division and spent 18 years working in Sara Lee Corporation's intimate apparel units.

"We are delighted to welcome Helen to the Warnaco team," Warnaco CEO Joe Gromek said.

"Helen's substantial industry experience in intimate apparel and ready-to-wear areas makes her uniquely suited to capitalise on the opportunities that exist within the intimate apparel group."

In her new role, McCluskey will take responsibility for all aspects of the Warner's, Olga, Body by Nancy Ganz, Lejaby, Lejaby Rose and JLO by Jennifer Lopez lingerie brands.