By  on September 28, 2007

WASHINGTON — A couple of veteran sourcing executives are readying to leave Liz Claiborne Inc.

Gary Ross, corporate vice president of global manufacturing and sourcing will leave at the end of November while Frank Kelly, vice president of international trade compliance will exit at the end of October.

Both Ross and Kelly have helped represent Claiborne in Washington, weighing in, for instance, on a controversial Bush administration program to monitor imports from Vietnam for unfairly low prices.

"Gary has been a tremendous asset to our company helping to transition the manufacturing organization over the last several years," said Michael Scarpa, Claiborne's chief operating officer. "We thank him for his many years contributions and wish him well."

Kelly exits the company after nearly 25 years.

"Frank has been a valuable employee," said Nick Rubino, corporate secretary and general counsel. "He has made innumerable contributions to our company in his time here and his work is greatly respected and appreciated."

It has been a time of change at Claiborne.

Under the stewardship of chief executive officer William McComb, the firm this year narrowed its portfolio of brands, moved to cut costs and focused on growing its Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade and Mexx businesses.

The company is also reconfiguring its sourcing organization.

On a July 31 conference call with Wall Street, Scarpa said, "We're really just aligning the supply chain by brand, which will help us eliminate costs and streamline processes and ultimately help reduce cycle time and that's what we're focused on from a sourcing perspective."

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