Fashion apparel retailer The Wet Seal has promoted Gary White to the position of COO.

White joined the company in July 2004 as senior vice president of sales and operations for the the Wet Seal division and was subsequently promoted to executive vice president.

In his new position, White will have responsibility for all field operations in both the Arden B and Wet Seal divisions, construction and development, real estate, and purchasing.

According to Joel N Waller, CEO of Wet Seal: "Gary has been a major contributor to the recent business success at Wet Seal, and as COO he will play a major role in the successful implementation of our store growth strategy in fiscal 2006 and beyond."