NEW YORK — Levi Strauss & Co. has named Pat House, a founder of Siebel Systems, to its board.

She fills a seat on the 14-member board that was vacated in April upon the retirement of Tully Friedman, an investor who’d served on the board of the San Francisco-based jeansmaker for about 18 years. Siebel is a San Mateo, Calif.-based supplier of business software.

In a statement, Levi’s chairman Robert Haas, one of the five descendants of Levi Strauss to serve on the board today, called House “a superb marketer with an extensive business background.”

In a separate development, Moody’s Investors Service changed its outlook on Levi’s debt to “negative,” noting that the company’s second-quarter performance was worse than the credit-ratings agency had expected. Levi’s senior implied rating stands at “B2.”

Also, on Tuesday, Levi's filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco charging Esprit Holdings Ltd. with infringing on its pocket tab. A Levi’s spokeswoman noted this suit is one of more than 300 such actions the company currently has pending in the U.S.

“We take this seriously,” the spokeswoman said of trademark infringement.

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