AAFA Announces Board of Directors Leadership and Election Results for 2019-2020

March 15, 2019 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 15, 2019 – Today the American Apparel & Footwear Association announced the transition of its Board of Directors leadership, and the addition of 16 new and re-elected Board members. The Officer induction took place at the conclusion of the AAFA Executive Summit.
The following individuals were confirmed as AAFA’s Board of Directors leadership for the 2019-2020 term:

Chairman: Gary Simmons, Director, Intradeco Apparel, Inc.
Vice-Chairman: Colin Browne, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Under Armour, Inc.
Secretary: Sarah Clarke, Executive Vice President, PVH Supply, PVH Corp.
Treasurer: Kurt Cavano, Technology and Supply Chain Evangelist, Infor
Past Chairman: Thomas Glaser, Vice President, VF Corporation & President – Global Supply Chain

The following individuals were elected and re-elected to the Board of Directors:

Mala Brindisi, Spanx, Inc.
Thomas Chubb, Oxford Industries, Inc.
Richard Darling, Global Brands Group
Kellie Davies Brown, Target Corporation
Abbey Doneger, The Doneger Group
Allan Ellinger, MMG Advisors
Doug Freeman, Patagonia*
Thomas Glaser, VF Corporation
Edward Gribbin, Alvanon, Inc.
Ed Manburg, Byer California
Michael Mansh, Pennsylvania Apparel LLC
Bruce Munro, Munro & Company, Inc.
Joe Preston, New Balance Athletics, Inc.*
James Schwartz, MGF Sourcing
Gary Simmons, Intradeco Apparel, Inc
Paula Zusi, Advent International Corporation

*Indicates newly elected Board Members.
Chris Alt of American & Efird was approved to fill a seat vacated by Les Miller’s retirement for the remainder of the 2019-2020 term.
Thomas Glaser of VF Corporation steps down as chairman following the conclusion of his one-year term. “The American Apparel & Footwear Association has provided great value throughout my time working with them, and it was great working with the team to move the association forward and plan for the future,” said Glaser. “I feel that I am passing on the leadership at a time of great strength for the association, and am excited to see its continued growth under Gary Simmons.”
“The apparel and footwear industry finds itself in a time of great transition, and having a strong collective voice in Washington and around the world is as important now as it has ever been,” said Gary Simmons, chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “I am excited to take over the role of chairman, and look forward to a progress-filled year ahead.”
“Gary Simmons has been an invaluable member of the Board of Directors for several years now, and it is with great excitement that we welcome him as Chairman of the AAFA Board of Directors,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “Tom Glaser's leadership during the past year has resulted in several milestones for AAFA. From developing a new strategic plan to providing his expertise on our policy initiatives, he has left the association in a better place than he found it. We will be eternally grateful to him, and look forward to his continued input on the Executive Committee.”