NEW YORK--Eric Hertz will succeed Norman Karr as executive director of The Fashion Association on Oct. 16, it was learned Monday.
Karr is scheduled to remain with the TFA as a consultant.
Hertz is currently director of trade shows and publications for the National Knitwear & Sportswear Association.
He is responsible for overseeing the organization's trade shows, including the Yarn Fair International/CAD Expo, the Knitting Arts Exhibition and International Trimmings Expo.
Karr was unavailable for comment, and Hertz declined to discuss details of the appointment.
Hertz has been with the NKSA for the past 19 years. He has held a variety of positions during his tenure, including membership director and editor and publisher of NKSA's The Knitting Times, a monthly trade publication. Hertz began his career in the apparel industry as a market editor at WWD.
Hertz's successor at NKSA is expected to be named later this week.
As reported, Karr announced his retirement after serving the TFA for nearly 40 years, and an executive search committee was set up to interview candidates for the job. Karr had planned to exit the post Aug. 1, but had to stay on because no successor could be found. Karr plans to also continue as a consultant to the International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives and to Jeanswear Communications, two organizations operate under the management umbrella provided by TFA.
He will also remain active on the boards of the United Jewish Appeal's men's wear division, the Nation Conference of Christians and Jews and the Young Menswear Association, among other charitable organizations.
Karr joined TFA, which was then known as the American Institute of Men's and Boys' Wear, as director of media relations in August 1956.
Ten years later he was named executive director. During his tenure, Karr inaugurated the organization's press-kit services, semiannual press previews and the American Image Awards, among other things.
About two years ago, he expanded the organization's scope to include women's apparel.
Upon his retirement, he plans to pursue personal interests, including publishing a series of children's books.

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