RISING SPAR: Art Spar has been promoted to president of NPD Group’s apparel tracking services, while retaining his responsibility for apparel client development at the consumer research firm. Spar, who had been vice president of apparel client development, is overseeing sales, product management, marketing, research sciences and custom research functions at the company. The promotion comes one year after NPD’s acquisition of the former STS Market Research, where Spar was chairman and chief executive officer. He reports to Dennis Brown, the NPD group president responsible for the group’s fashion, beauty, home and sports divisions, as well as consumer and commercial technology.

SLANE NAMES SEILER: Slane and Slane, the 11-year-old fine jewelry company, has named Roberta Seiler director of marketing. Seiler, former director of luxury promotion at Vogue magazine, will report to Slane chief operating officer Marion Davidson when she starts on Aug. 9 at the New York-based firm. Seiler replaces Laura Henson, who left in March to open a consultancy. Slane and Slane sells its handcrafted gold and silver jewelry to Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and independent retailers.

CLAIBORNE OUTLET HEAD: Liz Claiborne Inc. has tapped Andrew McLean to be president of its outlet division. McLean has been with the company since 2003, and has served as vice president and group operations director since last year. In his new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of the domestic outlet business. McLean replaces Paul Thomasset, who has left Claiborne.

VIETNAM’S DUE DATE: Vietnam, a major apparel exporter, is on track to complete its bid to join the World Trade Organization by early October, the official overseeing the accession talks said Wednesday. Ambassador Eirik Glenne of Norway said his target is to have the WTO’s general council vote on Vietnam when it meets Oct. 10-11. Some issues that still need to be sorted out include an easing of trading rights for foreign enterprises and streamlining laws on excise taxes and intellectual property rights.

This story first appeared in the July 20, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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