By  on January 18, 2006

NEW YORK — Kellwood Co. has promoted two of its own and hired someone new.

Sarah Wallace was named as president of David Meister, a bridge sportswear and dress firm, and Patrick J. Burns was named Kellwood's vice president of strategic planning and new business development. J. David LaRocca, Jr., has joined the firm as vice president of human resources.

Wallace replaces Penny Aschkensay, who will continue with the company as president of E.N.C., a division of Kellwood that produces moderate and better sportswear, casualwear and dresses under an array of brand names, including Vintage Blue and Sangria.

Prior to joining Kellwood in January 2004 as vice president of strategic planning and new business development, Wallace consulted for several apparel companies, including Kellwood. From 1999 to 2002, she was an associate in equity research for apparel and footwear at Salomon Smith Barney. From 1990 to 1998, she served in various positions at Donna Karan, eventually rising to vice president of worldwide licensing.

Wallace reports to Arthur Gordon, chief executive officer of Kellwood Western Region. She will be based in the David Meister New York showroom at 550 Seventh Avenue.

Prior to his new post, Burns was ceo of Kellwood's Gerber Childrenswear division and president of Kellwood Intimate Apparel. He joined the company in 2002 as president of Gerber Childrenswear, now run by Gary Simmons. Earlier, Burns spent 14 years with Sara Lee Corp.

Most recently, LaRocca was senior vice president, human resources for Limited Brands, Inc., where he was for more than 20 years.

Based at Kellwood's offices here, Burns reports to Robert C. Skinner Jr., president and ceo of Kellwood. LaRocca also reports to Skinner, but will be based in Kellwood's St. Louis-based headquarters.

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