“Jay is a talented merchant, effective leader and a seasoned retail executive with more than 30 years of experience,” said Wes Card, president and CEO of Jones Apparel Group, in a company statement released Monday. “Jay is a key member of our senior management team, and I am pleased with all that he and his team have accomplished to date to begin the turnaround of our retail operations.”
In his new role, Friedman will continue to report to Andrew Cohen, CEO of footwear, accessories and retail.
“Under Jay’s leadership, the team has implemented a number of initiatives to improve the performance of the retail chain, including enhancing merchandise assortments throughout our stores and remodeling and refreshing our store environments to enhance the consumer’s overall shopping experience,” Cohen said in the statement.
Additionally, the company announced Monday that its corporate Website domain name has been changed to Jonesapparel.com from Jny.com. The previous site will become the host for the Jones New York e-commerce site this fall, joining a revamped Easy Spirit e-commerce site. The new Anne Klein e-commerce site launches in 2009.