The US young fashion retailer Aeropostale has announced that Julian R. Geiger has rejoined the company as CEO with immediate effect. Geiger will also continue to serve as a member of the company's board of directors.

Geiger already served as CEO of Aeropostale from 1996 to 2010, when he was succeeded by Thomas P. Johnson. From December 2010 to February 2012 he continued working as part-time advisor and chairman for the company. Thomas P. Johnson, ex-CEO and director of the company, and Aeropostale's board of directors now "mutually agreed" that Johnson will step down from his role, as was reported in a company statement.

"Julian's previous service in the role of CEO combined with his passion for the Aeropostale brand make him an ideal choice to lead this organization. Julian was the leader of Aeropostale's strategic direction during a period of significant growth, and we are confident in his enthusiasm for the business, his understanding of today's teen retail marketplace and his intuition regarding teen fashion,” states Karin Hirtler-Garvey, chairperson of Aeropostale's board of directors.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2014, Aeropostale registers net sales decreasing by 13% to 396.2 million US-dollars, from 454 million US-dollars in the previous year. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for the second quarter decreased by 13%. The company now expects its second quarter operating loss to be in the range of approximately 61 to 64 million US-dollars.