Maureen Gray, a former Ralph Lauren Corp. and U.S. Fashion Industry Association executive, has joined supply chain management specialist Vandegrift Inc. as an executive trade consultant.

Gray retired in March from Ralph Lauren, where she served as vice president of international trade for 20 years. During her tenure, she was responsible for international expansion and developing the global processes that saw the brand increase its domestic and global presence.

Gray worked with USFIA president Julia Hughes to steer the 200-member association, which includes companies such as J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Kohl’s Corp., Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Levi Strauss & Co. and Macy’s Inc. through trade policy issues on Capitol Hill.

She was a strong voice for the industry during the negotiating rounds on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and attended some of the rounds, which were held in various cities around the world.

Trade ministers signed the TPP, which includes the U.S., Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Vietnam, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Chile, Brunei and New Zealand, in early February. The pact, which aims to remove barriers to trade and would encompass 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product if enacted, is pending in Congress.

Gray began her career in customs brokerage operations and regulatory trade compliance.

During her career, she was also served as a board member of the Cotton Board, the oversight and administrative arm of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program, representing U.S. Upland cotton.

“We are honored…that Maureen has chosen to join the team here at Vandegrift,” said Mitch Scher, president. “Maureen’s unparalleled real world expertise will be an asset for both our clients and our internal teams.”

Vandegrift provides customized supply chain management services to clients in a range of industries. It advises clients in areas such as Customs Brokerage, technology and automation, a range of trade compliance issues, and global logistics functions that include transportation management and export documentation.

The company is based in Clark, N.J., with offices around the U.S. and in Toronto.