By  on August 20, 2009

Stage Stores Inc. has named Christine Johnston, a former Macy’s beauty executive, as senior vice president of cosmetics, a new position.

In the new post, Johnston reports to Andy Hall, the firm’s president and chief executive officer. She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s cosmetics business, the firm stated, which includes buying, planning, allocation and replenishment for the retailer’s Houston and South Hill, Va., divisions.

Johnston, a 20-year veteran of the cosmetics retail field, joins Stage Stores from Macy’s New York, where she was senior vice president and general merchandise manager for cosmetics and fragrance.

“I believe this strategic move gives our company a tremendous opportunity to aggressively grow our cosmetics business by taking advantage of the combined leverage of both the Houston and South Hill divisions,” said Hall. “Christine’s stellar reputation in the cosmetics market, combined with her strong leadership skills, is a great fit for our company and this opportunity.”

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