GERSON JOINS WARNACO: James B. Gerson has been named president of the Warnaco Group Inc.’s swimwear division. He will oversee all aspects of the Speedo and Calvin Klein swimwear businesses and report to Helen McCluskey, group president, intimate apparel and swimwear. Gerson, who begins Aug. 23, will be based at Warnaco Swimwear Group’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Most recently, Gerson was with VF Corp., where he was president of Reef. Earlier, he was vice president of research, design and development at The North Face, where he spent eight years. He began his career at VF focused on Jantzen Swimwear. He succeeds Paula Schneider, who left Warnaco in February.

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