Children's Place gets new head designer

SECAUCUS, N.J.  -- The Children's Place Retail Stores has announced the appointment of Michael Giannelli as SVP design, effective March 28, 2011. He will report to Natalie Levy, EVP merchandising and design.

Giannelli spent 18 years with Gap Inc., culminating in his appointment as VP Gap Body. For 12 years of his tenure with the company, he designed children's apparel and non-apparel for Gap Kids and Baby Gap. Most recently, Giannelli held the position of SVP design for Ann Taylor Loft. 

Jane Elfers, president and CEO, commented, "This is another very important strategic hire for The Children's Place. Strengthening the merchandise is our number one key initiative and we are very excited that Michael is joining our team to lead this effort. He is a highly talented designer and I am confident in his ability to evolve and enhance our product offerings."