GOING OPERATIONAL: The Jones Group Inc. named Joe McConnell vice president of operations initiatives and integration, a role in which he will help meld the company’s supply chain with its overall corporate strategy. He will report to Jones’ chief operating officer, Cynthia DiPietrantonio, and will also work on integrating new businesses and developing processes and ensuring efficiencies in the firm’s contemporary brands.

McConnell, who takes on his new role in January, is a veteran of Kellwood Co. and Biflex Intimates, and is currently vice president of continuous improvement of Jones’ corporate strategy and business initiatives.

This story first appeared in the December 22, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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