Frank Tworecke, Bob Melnick Join Hampshire’s Board

Additions of the two and resignation of Richard Mandell put six directors in place.

Frank Tworecke and Bobby Melnick have been appointed directors of Hampshire Group Ltd., the New York-based sportswear and sweater resource.

With the resignation of Richard Mandell as a director, Hampshire’s board is now made up of six members, all but two of whom — Paul Buxbaum, president and chief executive officer, and Benjamin Yogel — are deemed to be independent.

Tworecke, who’s also a director of Cherokee Inc., had served as president of the sportswear division of Warnaco Group Inc. prior to its acquisition by PVH Corp. Earlier in his career, he served as president and chief operating officer of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and, just before his Warnaco appointment, held the same post at The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.

Melnick is the founding general partner of Terrier Partners LP, an investment partnership which focuses on microcap companies.

Mandell, who served briefly as Hampshire’s president and ceo in 2009, is a private investor and financial consultant.

Earlier this year, Buxbaum succeeded Heath Golden as president and ceo of the company. Through their sale of Rio Garment to Hampshire, Buxbaum and Yogel own over 23 percent of Hampshire’s outstanding shares. Buxbaum is also chairman of the Buxbaum Group, a California-based restructuring and liquidation specialist which has been retained by Hampshire through May 16 to advise the company on matters involving organization, operations and expenses.