- NIKE MAKES MOVES: Nike Inc. is shifting the heads of the Nike brand's two largest regional apparel businesses, which represent more than three-quarters of the group's almost $4.6 billion in global apparel revenues. Mary Kate Buckley, who has led Nike's Americas region since 2001, has been named vice president of apparel for its largest area, Europe, Middle East and Africa, or EMEA, which made up $1.76 billion in sales in fiscal 2007. Buckley, 47, will report to Eunan McLaughlin, EMEA vice president and general manager, and to Roger Wyett, Nike's vice president of global apparel. Buckley replaces Jill Stanton, who led apparel in Nike's EMEA region since 2004 and has been named vice president of apparel for the U.S. region, its second-largest apparel business with fiscal 2007 revenues of $1.72 billion. Stanton, 44, will report to Wyett and to Craig Cheek, vice president and general manager of the U.S. Stanton replaces Heidi O'Neill, who was promoted to vice president of global women's fitness.

- ABBOUD'S ASIAN DEAL: JA Apparel Corp. has signed licensing agreements that will expand the Joseph Abboud brand into China and other parts of Asia. The company has signed four licensing deals, including a master licensing agreement with Judger Group that will result in opening 30 Joseph Abboud stores in China in 2008, with the number of stores expected to exceed 100 by 2013. In addition, JA Apparel has entered a strategic collaboration with Parkson, a Malaysian department store, under which 10 Parkson stores in Malaysia will feature Abboud men's wear.

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