NEW YORK — A slew of executives at Jones Apparel Group are moving on up and the changes include the creation of two positions in the back end of the business.

Doug Means was named to the newly created position of executive vice president of corporate supply chain and logistics. Means, who takes responsibility for worldwide logistics, transportation and customs compliance, will form and lead a group that will work with the firm’s operating divisions to hasten speed to market.

Jones and other large vendors have focused lately on improving their supply chains to react faster to shifts in sourcing and fashion trends.

Mike Kauffman was promoted to the new post of executive vice president of distribution operations. Kauffman, who had responsibility for distribution in just the moderate apparel division before, now oversees distribution in the U.S.

Also taking a step up is Aida Tejero-DeColli, who was promoted to executive vice president of human resources. She continues to oversee employee relations, benefits and other aspects of human resources for all the firm’s employees.

Cindy Hackney-DiPietrantonio was promoted to the position of executive vice president of customer relations and corporate credit. With experience in the firm’s credit, collection and customer service departments, she will serve as the senior corporate executive for customer service and compliance. She retains responsibility for Jones’ credit and accounts receivable functions.

Paul Lanham picked up the title of executive vice president and chief technology officer. Lanham joined Jones in 2000 and led a revamping of the firm’s systems and operations in its data centers.

Each of these executives will continue to report to chief operating and financial officer Wes Card.

— Evan Clark

This story first appeared in the October 14, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.