DIESEL BRINGS FOOTWEAR IN-HOUSE: Diesel has terminated its U.S. footwear licensing agreement with Global Brand Marketing Inc. Men's, women's and children's footwear distribution will become part of the Diesel U.S. subsidiary, which is directly owned by Diesel Group. Diesel said its decision to end the agreement with Global Brand Marketing was intended to "strategically develop Diesel's footwear business further, consolidating and leveraging its product positioning and image worldwide."

SIEGEL JOINS KELLWOOD BOARD: Kellwood Co. has elected Lacoste's Robert Siegel to its board of directors. Siegel is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lacoste USA, which he joined in 2002. Before Lacoste, he was managing director at Kurt Salmon Assoc. Inc.; chairman, president and ceo at Stride Rite Corp., and president of designer brands and men's wear at Levi Strauss & Co., where he created the Dockers brand. Effective Wednesday, Siegel replaces Robert Baer, who in June retired from the board, which has eight independent directors and one management director. Siegel also becomes a member of the compensation committee.

KELLY TO DOUBLE AS SPALDING PRESIDENT: Russell Athletic president Doug Kelly will assume the overall management responsibilities of both the Russell Athletic and Spalding brands, which also includes Bike, Dudley, AAI and Huffy Sports. A year ago the Spalding and Russell team sales forces merged in order to better compete in the institutional markets, and this move will allow the organization to maximize synergies further, according to the company. Effective March 31, Kelly succeeds Scott Creelman, president of Spalding, who is retiring but will serve as a consultant to the company after retirement.

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