By  on June 12, 2007

Kellwood Co. has promoted several key executives.

Gregory W. Kleffner, senior vice president finance and controller for the last year, was named chief financial officer. He succeeds W. Lee Capps 3rd, who stepped down to focus on serving as chief operating officer. Kleffner joined Kellwood in 2002 as vice president controller, and was named corporate vice president in June 2005. Prior to Kellwood, he was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP in St. Louis.

Patrick J. Burns, vice president marketing and strategy since 2006, was named corporate vice president and chief strategy and marketing officer, a new post. Burns joined Kellwood in 2002 as president of the Gerber Childrenswear division, and in 2005, was promoted to chief executive officer of the Gerber division and president of Kellwood Intimate Apparel Group. Before joining Kellwood, he spent 14 years with Sara Lee in marketing and brand management roles.

Kleffner, based in St. Louis, and Burns, based in New York, both report to Robert C. Skinner Jr., chairman, president and ceo.

Samuel W. Duggan 2nd, vice president of treasury services since last year, was selected as corporate vice president of investor relations and treasurer. Duggan joined Kellwood in January 2005 as vice president of shared services.

Duggan replaces Roger Joseph, who retired in October. He reports to Kleffner and is based in St. Louis.

J. David LaRocca Jr., who joined Kellwood's human resources team last year after working at Limited Brands Inc., was named corporate vice president human resources. LaRocca succeeded Doug Rau, who left the industry in December 2005. Based in St. Louis, LaRocca reports to Skinner.

Michael M. Saunders, vice president and chief information officer, was appointed corporate vice president and chief information officer. He joined Kellwood in May 2005 as chief information officer and added vice president to his title in March 2006. Prior to Kellwood, he was vice president of business processes and chief information officer for Russ Berrie and Co., Danskin and Jenna Lane Group. He replaced Don Riley, who left the industry in September 2004. Based in St. Louis, Saunders reports to Capps.

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