Jay Friedman has been promoted to CEO of company-owned retail footwear and apparel at Jones Apparel Group (NYSE: JNY). The former President of the division, with 30 years’ retailing experience, will continue to report to Andrew Cohen, CEO, footwear, accessories and retail. A series of initiatives, led by Friedman and his team, is underway to boost the performance of the retail chain business with fresher store assortments and environments.