The Tie Bar has appointed Michael Alter chief executive officer. Alter most recently served as president and ceo at the e-commerce payroll company, SurePayroll, where he led the firm to two consecutive Inc. 500 Awards. He has also worked for the retail practice at McKinsey & Co.

“We chose Michael because of his unwavering commitment to growing great businesses,” said Ryan Milligan, a board member at the company. “The Tie Bar is in a unique position to continue its rapid expansion and Michael’s track record of leveraging technology and service to support growth makes him the ideal fit to build the brand.”

The decade-old Chicago-based e-commerce company specializes in selling accessories including ties, pocket squares, socks and other items.

In 2012, Alter was honored as ceo of the Year by the Illinois Technology Association.