Teen apparel retailer The Wet Seal, a portfolio company of private equity firm Versa Capital Management, has named veteran retailer Melanie Cox as CEO.

Cox, currently a Wet Seal board member, succeeds Ed Thomas, who led the company through extensive restructuring and transformation over the past year. Both have worked closely together since the closing earlier this spring, the company said.

Cox has a 25-year-plus track record of building strong retail and consumer products businesses. Prior to joining Versa and Wet Seal, Cox held chief merchandising roles with Urban Outfitters, Contempo Casuals, acquired by Wet Seal, and The Clothestime. She led Scoop NYC and Gymboree Corp, and ran a consulting firm where she advised notable public company boards including numerous retailers.

An affiliate of Versa Capital Management won an auction to acquire beleaguered teen apparel retailer The Wet Seal in March, months after it filed for bankruptcy protection.

Wet Seal became the first major casualty of 2015 to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just a month after it revealed the closure of 338 stores, leading to the loss of 3,695 full and part-time jobs.