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Jones Group appoints new chief operating officer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Jones Group Inc. said Monday that it has promoted Cynthia DiPietrantonio to serve as chief operating officer of the clothing company.

DiPietrantonio is the company's top operations executive and has worked for the company for the past 30 years. In addition to her duties of overseeing day-to-day operations of the company, she will now oversee production in its overseas facilities.

She was named chief operations officer five years ago and will assume her added duties immediately.

Jones Group, based in New York, sells clothing, shoes and accessories online and through department stores and other retailers.

Shares of the company increased 5 cents, less than 1 percent, to $11.79 by midmorning.