SAKS NAMES EXECS: Saks Fifth Avenue has promoted Caroline Dougherty, vice president of special events, to vice president of public relations and special events. She will have responsibility for women's ready-to-wear, accessories and cosmetics. Before joining Saks in 2004, Dougherty held similar posts at Club Monaco, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. Michael Macko, vice president and men's fashion director, has been appointed vice president of p.r. and special events, and men's fashion director. He also covers the home area. Macko joined Saks in 1996 as a publicity manager and earlier was p.r. manager for Neiman Marcus in Short Hills, N.J. Dougherty and Macko are taking on responsibilities held by Andree Corroon, who resigned.

NEW PARLUX CEO: Parlux Fragrances Inc. has named Neil J. Katz, the firm's interim chief executive for the past three months, to the post of chairman and ceo. The firm also promoted Raymond Balsys, who was vice president of finance, to chief financial officer. "In an effort to segregate duties," said Katz in a statement, "Frank A. Buttacavoli, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will give up the title of chief financial officer. Prior to working as vice president of finance, Balsys served as vice president, comptroller of Parlux from 1994 to 1997. Speaking about his own appointment and his plans for the future, Katz said, "A key priority will be to add a number of licenses, which will fuel our sales growth. We will also stress the development of our core fragrance businesses by strengthening our relationships with existing licensors."

TRUCKS FROM MEXICO STALLED: The House passed a bill that will delay a pilot program the Bush administration sought to launch this year that would allow Mexican trucks full access to U.S. highways. The House voted 411-3 on Tuesday to approve the program, but set criteria that must be met before it can be launched. The criteria include setting up a panel to evaluate the project and obtaining certification from the inspector general that safety and inspection requirements have been met. Under the current system, Mexican trucks must transfer their cargo, including billions of dollars worth of apparel annually, to U.S. truckers that haul the loads to final destinations.

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