AAFA Unveils Board Changes During Executive Summit

The American Apparel & Footwear Association announced the transition of the association's board of directors leadership, as well as the addition of 14 newly elected and re-elected board members. The official transition took place during the concluding reception of the AAFA Executive Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 2.

The following individuals were confirmed as the AAFA board of directors for the 2017-2018 term:
  • Chairman: Paula Zusi, Global Operations Advisor - Retail Supply Chain, Advent International Corporation
  • Vice-Chairman: Thomas Glaser, Vice President of VF and President - Global Supply Chain, VF Corporation
  • Treasurer: Gary Simmons, President and CEO, Gerber Childrenswear, LLC
  • Secretary: Thomas Chubb, Chairman, CEO and President, Oxford Industries
Additionally, the following individuals were elected and re-elected as Board members:
  • Chris Volpe, COO and CFO, United Legwear & Apparel Co.
  • Colin Browne, President, Global Sourcing, Under Armour, Inc.
  • David Edelman, CFO, Kenneth Cole Productions
  • Harold Stone Jr., SVP, Corporate Marketing, Renfro Corporation
  • Jeff Crisco, Vice President, AEC Narrow Fabrics
  • Killick Datta, Chairman and CEO, International Brand Partners LLC
  • Les Miller, CEO, American & Efird LLC
  • Mark Burstein, President, New Generation Computing, Inc.
  • Mark Gitomer, President, Production Department
  • Michael Binnie, President, Dickies North America, Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company
  • Mike Faircloth, President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Hanesbrands, Inc.
  • Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO and President, Perry Ellis International, Inc.
  • Robert Rothbaum, President and CEO, Val D'or, Apparel, LLC
  • William McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH Corp

Rob DeMartini steps down from his chairman position as part of the transition, having served as an officer for six years. "As I hand the reins over to my successor and fellow officer, Paula Zusi, I know AAFA is on the right course in helping the industry pave a path forward for priorities across brand protection, supply chain management, and trade policy," said DeMartini.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve as chairman of the AAFA board of directors, and I would like to express my appreciation to the officers, oard, association members, and our incredible staff," said Paula Zusi, chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. "I am excited for the year ahead and look forward to advocating for our industry, providing additional value to members, and elevating the association's voice, both in Washington and around the world."

"Paula is an exceptional executive and we are delighted to have her take over as our chairman. Having an in-depth understanding of the supply chain and sustainability will provide us with added insight, as we continue to support our members in three key areas: brand protection, supply chain management, and trade," said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. "Everyone at the AAFA would like to thank Rob DeMartini for his leadership during his time as chairman. We are delighted that he will continue to stay involved with the association."
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