NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne Inc. has realigned a handful of senior executive positions to leverage its sourcing operations and support its growth.

Bob Zane, senior vice president of manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and logistics, has been promoted to senior vice president; Michael Scarpa, chief financial officer, has been named senior vice president of finance and distribution, and John Sullivan, chief information officer, has been named senior vice president of sourcing, service and systems, thereby separating the previously combined functions of distribution/logistics and sourcing/manufacturing.

Paul R. Charron, Claiborne’s chairman and chief executive officer, was unavailable for comment Monday, but said in a statement that the moves were in advance of Zane’s “eventual retirement,” the exact date of which remains undetermined. As senior vice president, Zane will continue to report to Charron and will help develop the next phase of Claiborne’s sourcing strategy. He will serve as special adviser to Charron on matters of foreign trade and vendor relationships, and will be the company’s representative at the various trade associations and government agencies that deal with apparel sourcing and manufacturing. 

Scarpa will continue to serve as Claiborne’s cfo and will assume responsibility for the company’s distribution and logistics organization managed by Joseph Giudice, vice president of distribution and logistics.

Sullivan remains cio but will now be responsible for the sourcing value chain in addition to his current IT and customer service oversight responsibilities.

In addition, Robert Vill, vice president of treasury and investor relations, was promoted to vice president of finance while continuing his current duties. In his expanded role, Vill will assume leadership responsibility for the group finance directors who support the company’s operating divisions.

Gary Ross, vice president of global sourcing and quality, was promoted to corporate vice president of global manufacturing and sourcing. Ross will continue to lead the global manufacturing and quality initiatives through the various countries’ managers and agents. In addition, he will assume direct responsibility for all nonapparel manufacturing.

Paula Zusi, sector vice president of manufacturing and operations, was promoted to corporate vice president of global manufacturing and sourcing. Zusi will oversee all apparel manufacturing and provide functional oversight to the manufacturing of Liz Claiborne apparel. She will also be responsible for all manufacturing operations at Claiborne’s West Coast businesses, namely Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand, Laundry By Shelli Segal and C&C California.

This story first appeared in the May 10, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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