NEW YORK — Ethan Shapiro has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Urban Brands Inc., the Secaucus, N.J.-based operator of the Ashley Stewart and Marianne plus-size women’s chains. Last September, Shapiro was named acting ceo, replacing Bob Bland, who was ousted.

The company said Shapiro has more than 30 years experience in urban retailing.

The company also named Marla Minns vice president and general merchandise manager for Ashley Stewart. A 23-year retail veteran, she was most recently import director at One-Price Clothing Stores. In addition, Stephen A. Feldman has been named chief financial officer, replacing Steven J. Lamb. Feldman was formerly cfo of Urban Outfitters.

Ashley Stewart caters to African Americans and has 170 stores. Marianne caters to the Latino community and has 56 stores.

This story first appeared in the January 13, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.