FLA TAPS GLICKMAN: The Fair Labor Association has named former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman as chairman of the industry watchdog group. Glickman succeeds Charles Ruff, the former general counsel to the White House who died last year. A partner in the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, he was Agriculture Secretary from 1995 until this January. “In his role as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman demonstrated his keen ability to find consensus among competitive interests while maintaining the respect of all involved,” said Paul R. Charron, chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne, which is an FLA member. “It is these skills that will enable Dan to further the mission of the FLA as it works to improve working conditions around the world.” Launched by the Clinton administration, but now run independently, the FLA consists of apparel firms, human and labor rights groups as well as 159 colleges and universities. In addition to Claiborne, it has 10 participating firms, including Nike, Reebok and Patagonia, which source at some 4,000 factories in 75 countries and represent more than $30 billion in apparel and footwear sales.
STEIDTMANN RISING: High profile retail observer Carl E. Steidtmann on Monday was named chief economist of Deloitte Research, a new post at the firm he joined just six weeks ago as its director of consumer business research. Steidtmann, 50, known for his trenchant economic analysis and provocative consumer trend forecasting, was chief retail economist and a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to signing on at Deloitte on Aug. 20. He remains based in New York.
DELIA’S HIRE: Ira Goldspiel has joined Delia’s Inc. as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of the retail division, succeeding Patricia Waechter, who has left the company. Goldspiel was most recently senior vice president of merchandising and marketing at Liz Claiborne Inc., where he headed merchandising and marketing for Laundry by Shelli Segal.
INITIAL REACTION: Kenneth Cole Productions will open its first Reaction Kenneth Cole store on Oct. 18 at 130 East 57th Street in New York. The flagship will be 7,500 square feet and will feature a full range of Reaction product categories, including men’s and women’s sportswear, shoes, outerwear and bags.