By  on January 28, 2008

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. has tapped Liz Claiborne Inc. executive Gail Onorato to be president of women's wear for American Living and Chaps.

Onorato had been chief merchandising officer of moderate business at Claiborne since 2003, and sources described her exit as a blow to the company. She joined Claiborne from Jones Apparel Group, where she was president of design and merchandising of specialty markets. At Claiborne, Onorato was in charge of merchandising for moderate partnered brands at stores such as J.C. Penney and Kohl's, which she will be catering to in her new role for the two exclusive Polo lines.

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