WASHINGTON — Scott Quesenberry, named Tuesday as special textile negotiator in the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, is going to have to hit the ground running.

Quesenberry, 34, will travel to Hong Kong for a World Trade Organization meeting that begins Dec. 13 and could help lead the way to a global agreement to lower tariffs.

When he takes up his new role on Monday, Quesenberry, who had been legislative director for Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R., N.C.), will supervise U.S. apparel and textile trade negotiations and work to open overseas markets to the U.S. industry.

“The U.S. textile industry has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade, as Scott has seen firsthand working for Sen. Dole, and he will play a key role in helping USTR and the industry face future challenges in exploring new markets overseas,” USTR Rob Portman said in a statement.

Quesenberry succeeds David Spooner, who was nominated by President Bush to be assistant secretary for import administration at the Commerce Department. Spooner is awaiting Senate confirmation.

This story first appeared in the November 30, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.