Robb Giammatteo has been promoted to chief financial officer of Ascena Retail Group Inc.

Giammatteo, who joined Ascena in September 2013 as senior vice president of financial planning and analysis and investor relations, succeeds Dirk Montgomery, who resigned as cfo last summer for personal reasons. Kevin Trolaro, assistant vice president and assistant controller, had served as interim cfo since Montgomery’s departure.

Giammatteo reports to David Jaffe, president and chief executive officer of Ascena, which owns and operates the Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Maurices, Catherines, Cacique and Justice specialty retailing nameplates.

Ascena conducted a search including both internal and external candidates for the post prior to making the appointment.

Jaffe lauded Giammatteo’s “deep command of our business, strong communication skills, powerful work ethic and clear leadership ability.”

Prior to joining Mahwah, N.J.-based Ascena, the new cfo was vice president of corporate financial planning and analysis at VF Corp. following positions with Limited Brands Inc. (now L Brands Inc.) and General Motors.

Ascena operates more than 3,900 specialty stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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