Joseph R. Gromek, former president and chief executive officer of The Warnaco Group Inc., has become chairman of Tumi Holdings Inc.

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Gromek joined Tumi’s board as a director in April 2012 and succeeds Richard P. Hanson, who stepped down as chairman Monday.

Hanson said, “I believe that the time is right for this transition given the company’s recent operating performance and continued excellent financial health. I am proud to have been part of Tumi’s success over [the] last few years and pleased to be passing the reins over to Joe. He continues to bring a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to Tumi, making him the ideal person to help guide the company forward.”

Prior to joining Warnaco in 2003, Gromek was president and ceo of Brooks Brothers Inc. from 1996 to 2002. He retired from Warnaco, which is now part of PVH Corp., in February 2012.

Gromek is also chairman of The New School, holds board seats at the Ronald McDonald House and the Stanley M. Procter Co., and is on the board of trustees at the Trevor Day School.

Additionally, the Tumi board appointed Alexander W. Smith and Christopher Fielding as new board members, bringing the total number of directors to seven. Smith is the president and ceo of Pier 1 Imports Inc. and Fielding is a principal at private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co.