Philadelphia apparel giant Destination Maternity Corp. said Monday that it hired a replacement for company founder Rebecca Matthias, who is relinquishing her title as president of the publicly traded company.

The maternity apparel retailer with headquarters in Center City hired Emilia Fabricant as president, effective immediately. Fabricant spent a decade with Barneys New York before founding Cadeau Maternity, an upscale maternity apparel company that was eventually sold to babystyle. From November 2008 to October 2009, she was president and chief merchandising officer of Charlotte Russe, which specializes in attire for young women in their teens and 20s.

Matthias founded the company formerly known as Mothers Work in 1982 and took it public in 1993. Her planned retirement was announced late last year. She will serve as chief creative officer until Sept. 30, when her executive duties come to an end, the company said.    - Maria Panaritis