By  on June 5, 2007

Invista Apparel, the largest synthetic fiber maker in the world, has named company executive Dave Trerotola president.

Trerotola, former global president of Invista's performance materials business, succeeds Bill Ghitis, who resigned May 1. Ghitis had been president of Invista's apparel operations since 2004, when Steve McCracken, former chief executive officer of DuPont's Invista unit, left the company.

Trerotola said in a statement that Invista sought "to serve growing market demand through various growth initiatives." He singled out expansion and upgrades of existing facilities and ventures.

"We are also committed to investment and growth, innovation around our world-leading products and brands, and bringing even greater value to our customers and to the apparel industry as a whole," he said.

Invista Inc. is owned by Koch Industries, the global conglomerate of companies ranging from petroleum and chemicals to consumer products. Koch acquired DuPont's former Invista fiber unit and combined it with Koch's KoSa polyester business to form an $8.4 billion behemoth producing and marketing upscale fibers, fabrics and finishes.

Trerotola will be responsible for Invista's global portfolio of brands, which includes Lycra spandex premium stretch fiber, durable Cordura fabrics, CoolMax and CoolMax freshFX fabrics that wick moisture away from the body, Tactel and Supplex.

All of these brands are used in a wide range of clothing, from intimate apparel, bodywear and activewear to casualwear, sportswear, ready-to-wear and men's wear.

Trerotola will be based at the Invista Apparel headquarters in Wilmington, Del., and report to David Duncan, executive vice president of Invista Inc. Trerotola worked for 20 years for DuPont, General Electric and Diamond Shamrock Chemical/Oxychem, and managed several major consumer brand businesses.

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