The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has named Philip Williamson as its new chairman, taking over for Rick Darling, vice-chairman of LF USA and LF Europe, who is standing down after a two-year tenure.
Williamson is chairman, president and CEO of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company, maker of work apparel and footwear under the Dickies, Workrite, and Kodiak brands.
“For the past two years, Rick has been a vocal advocate for our industry at home and abroad,” said AAFA president and CEO Kevin Burke.
“Under Rick’s leadership, AAFA bolstered its visibility in Washington and along the global supply chain with an expanded international, educational, and membership programs, the development of our ‘We Wear’ brand identity, and the launch of our improved integrated website.”
Burke added: “Philip brings vast experience and steadfast leadership at a time of great change in the US apparel and footwear industry. I look forward to working with him as we seek new opportunities for our industry’s 4 million US workers.”
Other changes have seen Rick Helfenbein, president of TellaS Ltd, Luen Thai USA, move up to the position of vice chairman; New Balance Athletic Shoe president and CEO Rob DeMartini has been appointed as treasurer; while Paula Zusi, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer of Ann Inc, has joined as secretary.
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