- ROCKPORT HEAD: Adidas AG has appointed Michael Rupp, chief operating officer of Reebok and an Adidas veteran since 1987, as president and chief executive officer of The Rockport Co. Effective Jan. 1, Rupp will be based in Canton, Mass., and will report to Herbert Hainer, ceo and chairman of the board of Adidas AG. Rupp will succeed Rick Paterno, who led the brand for seven years and is leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests.

- YMA PARTNERS WITH GROMWELL: YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has partnered with Gromwell Fashion Recruiting, a division of Gromwell LLC. The multiyear alliance will include sponsorship of the YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner scheduled for Jan. 9 and YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund's Human Resources Conference on Oct. 2, which will bring together human resources representatives from leading industry companies, career placement counselors from participating YMAFSF colleges and universities and senior executives from YMAFSF's governor corps to discuss how to effectively work together to attract young talent to the industry.

- FASTER FASHION: J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is adopting product life-cycle management software from Parametric Technology Corp. to manage its private label business and reduce its time to market, PTC said Tuesday. FlexPLM software will let the retailer's far-flung product development teams and suppliers collaborate more easily by providing one view of product specifications and development. Better coordination between product designers, raw materials suppliers and testing services will help J.C. Penney speed design and manufacturing. "Globalization, fast fashion and the need to reduce time between design concept and delivery to consumer are three drivers leading players in the retail, footwear and apparel industry to implement PLM solutions," said Kathleen Mitford, vice president of vertical market strategy for PTC.

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