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  • SOWINSKI TO LIZ: Liz Claiborne Inc. has appointed Frank S. Sowinski to the position of executive vice president, effective Thursday, with responsibility for finance and administration, information technology and customer service, as well as manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and logistics. In the newly created position, Sowinski reports directly to chairman and chief executive officer Paul R. Charron. “Frank is a results-oriented executive with strong experience in leading high-performance global organizations, delivering shareholder value and leveraging technology in business,” Charron said in a statement. Previously, Sowinski was executive vice president and chief financial officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.

  • QUIKSILVER SCORES: Quiksilver Inc. said on Friday that a federal district court judge in Los Angeles awarded the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based firm unpaid royalties and nominal damages in its lawsuit against former watch licensee GMT Inc. The court, which denied GMT’s counterclaims, ruled that Quiksilver had the right to end the licensing agreement, according to the apparel firm. Bernard Mariette, president of Quiksilver, said in a statement that a new, more “technically oriented, globally designed and sourced range” of Quiksilver and Roxy watches are expected to be delivered to stores this summer.