Michael Prendergast has been appointed as president of the Chaps division of apparel company The Warnaco Group.

Prendergast, who joins from ROC Apparel, will oversee design, development, merchandising, marketing and sales for Chaps, reporting to sportswear group president Frank Tworecke.

Prendergast was previously group president for Rocawear at ROC Apparel, and has also had stints at Tommy Hilfiger, Fasturn and Cluett Peabody's The Arrow Co.

"We are pleased to welcome Michael to our Chaps team," said Tworecke. "Michael brings with him rich brand experience and leadership skills, which will serve us well as we continue to maximise the growth opportunities for our Chaps business."