NEW YORK — Lynne Coté has been promoted to the position of group chief executive officer of women’s moderate sportswear at Jones Apparel Group.

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Coté, who had been president of the women’s moderate sportswear group, has direct responsibility for the Norton McNaughton, Evan-Picone, Joneswear, Gloria Vanderbilt Career and Bandolino sportswear brands.

She will also oversee the revival of the A-Line brand, which had been dormant for several years and was acquired last month along with the Kasper A.S.L. business, owner of Anne Klein.

Coté’s responsibilities will remain much the same in the newly created post and no new president is to be named.

“Lynne has extensive experience in the design, merchandising, marketing and the production of women’s moderate apparel,” said Peter Boneparth, the firm’s ceo, in a statement. “Her strong leadership skills have been instrumental in growing existing brands and also identifying and launching new brands. Her commitment to the success of these brands has been integral to the overall performance of Jones Apparel Group and the execution of our business strategy.”