NEW YORK — Seventh Avenue veteran Gail Cook has joined David Meister as president.

In her new post, she will oversee all aspects of the Kellwood-owned bridge sportswear and dress company, according to Robert Skinner, Kellwood chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Cook succeeds Sarah Wallace, who was promoted to president in January and has since left the company.

Wallace could not be reached for comment Monday.

Most recently, Cook ran her own apparel consultant business, Gail Cook & Co. From 1990 to 2004, she held various senior executive roles at Liz Claiborne Co., with group president being her last position there. At Claiborne, Cook handled management, strategic direction as well as product and brand development of the Dana Buchman, Sigrid Olsen and Ellen Tracy brands. Earlier in her career, she worked at Ellen Tracy when it was owned by Herb Gallen.

Meister launched his signature eveningwear collection in 1998, day dresses were added to the fold in 2002 and sportswear bowed in 2004. The company is looking into branching into accessories and other classifications.

Cook is based at Meister’s showroom at 550 Seventh Avenue and reports to Arthur Gordon, ceo of Kellwood Western Region.

This story first appeared in the June 6, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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