DALLAS — Mark Shulman, former president of the Leslie Fay dress division at The Leslie Fay Cos., will become executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Specialty Retailers Inc. in Houston on Feb. 1.

In New York, a Leslie Fay spokesman noted that, as part of the firm’s restructuring, Catharine Bandel has been named president of the firm’s Leslie Fay dress and sportswear divisions and Nipon divisions. Bandel had been president of the SK & Co. sportswear division of Bonaventure Textiles U.S.A.

The Leslie Fay spokesman said a successor to Shulman may also be named. Operating under Chapter II since last April, Leslie Fay has made a number of organizational changes.

At SRI, Shulman will be responsible for sales promotion, marketing and merchandising. Those duties were handled by Lasker Meyer, vice chairman, who retired last month. Shulman has been with Leslie Fay since November 1992. He began in 1970 as a Bloomingdale’s trainee and rose to vice president and general merchandise manager. He moved to I. Magnin as vice president and general merchandise manager. In 1985, Shulman joined Ann Taylor as president and chief executive officer. He was president of Henri Bendel from 1988 to 1990. From 1991 to 1992, he was president and chief operating officer at Bonjour International.

SRI also has restructured its merchandising division with a single general merchandising manager. Vivian Baker, formerly responsible for men’s, children’s, shoes and juniors, will now be in charge of misses’, women’s, juniors, intimate apparel and specialty stores. Mark Blankenship, former general merchandise manager for misses’, women’s, accessories, cosmetics and intimate apparel, has resigned. Divisional merchandise managers for men’s wear, shoes, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances will report directly to Shulman.