LK Bennett has appointed Banana Republic vice president for Europe Margaret McDonald as chief executive.
McDonald is understood to be joining the womenswear-to-footwear retailer early next year.
LK Bennett chairman Robert Bensoussan, who is acting as interim chief executive until McDonald’s arrival, said she was a “jack of all trades”.
He added: “Margaret knows all aspects of business from distribution to merchandising and sourcing, and she understands the product. Every reference for her is impeccable.”
Bensoussan, the former chief executive of designer footwear brand Jimmy Choo and former chairman of handbag brand Radley, was appointed to the role of chairman after the business was sold to private equity firms Phoenix Equity Partners and Bensoussan’s Sirius Equity fund in July.
Founder Linda Bennett kept a stake of about 30% in the business following the deal and holds a non-executive position.
Bensoussan has said there is potential for at least 120 LK Bennett outlets in the UK. The business already has 90, which are a mixture of standalones and department store concessions.
It is understood that Moira Benigson at recruitment firm MBS Group was responsible for the placement.