American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Annual
Executive Summit in Bonita Springs, FL, AAFA chairman Peter J.
Gabbe, Chief Operating Officer of Carole Hochman Design Group,
turned over the chairmanship of the AAFA Board of Directors to
Hochman, President and CEO of The Triumph Apparel
Peter's guidance and insight over the years have been
said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.
I am saddened to see him depart this position, I am thrilled
that Carol has accepted the charge of leading our association
during this time of economic uncertainty for our industry. Her
top-notch leadership experience and innovative thinking will
provide our association with fresh ideas as we move forward.
I am excited to assume this new role with the
AAFA, especially at this time of great progress in our
said Ms. Hochman.
In my career, I have seen the
highs and lows our industry has endured. By staying focused on
innovation and opportunity, together we can navigate this
difficult economic climate and meet the challenges ahead.
Burke also announced that Killick S. Datta, chairman and CEO
of International Brand Partners LLC, moves up to AAFA vice
chairman, Rick Darling, President of Li & Fung USA, moves up to
By a recent AAFA Board of Directors membership election
ballot, 14 Board members were re-elected and 4 new nominees were
elected to the Board of Directors to three-year terms through
2012. New to the Board are Alan Colman, CEO of ATSCO Footwear,
Katherine Gold, President of Gold Bug, Terry Lay, CEO of Haggar
Clothing Co., and Mark Weber, CEO of LVMH Inc./Chairman/CEO of
Donna Karan International.
Through a special appointment by the Board earlier this year,
Rich Noll, Chairman/CEO, Hanesbrands, Inc. and Maurice Reznik,
President, Maidenform, Inc., were confirmed to fill open
positions on the Board.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the
national trade association representing apparel, footwear and
other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which
compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and
enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and
profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory,
commercial, political, and trade restraints.
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