WASHINGTON — The American Apparel & Footwear Association has expanded responsibilities of several key staffers.

Mary Howell, previously director of program development, has been promoted to vice president of industry relations and will now oversee the trade association’s annual meeting, American Image Awards, Web site and Material World trade shows, as well as develop programs focusing on supply-chain management.

Joan McNeal, previously director of membership, has been promoted to vice president of membership development and will oversee membership activities and services, including AAFA’s “Issues” seminars and other programs. The AAFA represents apparel, footwear and sewn-products companies and their suppliers, including several dozen U.S. textile companies.

In addition, Fawn Evenson, vice president of AAFA and president of the footwear division, will expand her role and head up global initiatives for AAFA.

Kevin M. Burke, president and chief executive officer, said, “As I look toward the future of AAFA, I want to continue to establish AAFA as a growing and changing organization. As we had to realign our staff, programs and objectives in the past, I believe it is time to do so again so that we remain fresh, creative and forward thinking.”

This story first appeared in the May 19, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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