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Jones Promotes Cynthia DiPietrantonio

Days after Wesley R. Card took over as president and chief executive officer, Jones Apparel Group Inc. is making several executive changes.

NEW YORK — Days after Wesley R. Card took over as president and chief executive officer, Jones Apparel Group Inc. is making several executive changes.

The company appointed Cynthia DiPietrantonio chief operations officer to assume some responsibilities that were handled by Card when he was chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Card was tapped for the top job when Peter Boneparth resigned last week.

DiPietrantonio, executive vice president of customer relations and corporate credit, has worked at Jones for 24 years. Based in Bristol, Pa., she will report to Card and will be the senior corporate executive responsible for Jones’ Bristol operations group, including customer service, allocations, distribution and management information systems. The credit and collections functions will become part of Jones’ financial group, also located in Bristol, which will report to John McClain, who was promoted to cfo.

Jones appointed Norman Veit executive vice president of management information services. Veit has been with Jones for five years as senior vice president of corporate management information systems. He was previously vice president of information technology for Ames Department Stores. Veit will report to DiPietrantonio.

Michael Kauffman was named executive vice president of distribution operations. Kauffman has worked at Jones eight years in a variety of senior distribution positions. Prior to Jones, he held senior distribution positions with Perry Ellis/Salant and Calvin Klein. Kauffman will also report to DiPietrantonio.

“Along with the recent appointment of John McClain to the position of chief financial officer, these organizational changes will provide for strong and experienced leadership in our operations and financial groups,’’ Card said in a statement. “I am confident in the ability of these executives to lead and to continue to provide excellent customer service and to enhance our ability to meet customer requirements.”

Jones’ executive ranks were shaken last week when Boneparth resigned from the $4.74 billion wholesaler after five years in the top job. His contract was to expire in March 2009, and the timing of his resignation — in the middle of negotiations to sell Barneys New York — surprised many in the industry. Card has been with the company since 1990.