AXELROD ELECTED: Maidenform Inc. has elected Norman Axelrod to its board of directors, said Tom Ward, chairman and chief executive officer. He joins the principal members of the board, which includes Ward, David Kaplan, senior partner of Ares Capital Management LLC, a majority shareholder of Maidenform, and Scott Graves, senior vice president of Oaktree Capital Investments.

Axelrod is ceo and chairman of the board of directors of Linens ’n’ Things, a $2.5 billion home furnishings specialty retailer with more than 450 units in the U.S. and Canada. He also serves on the board of several public companies, including Reebok and Jaclyn Inc.

KARKUS GETS HUGGED: Suzanne Karkus, president of Izod Womenswear, a division of Kellwood Co., has been chosen to receive the 2004 HUG Award. HUG is an acronym for Help Us Give. The annual award benefits the Rusk Institute, which provides services that treat the physical and emotional needs of critically ill and physically challenged children. Karkus will be honored at the HUG cocktail and dinner gala Nov. 9 at the Grand Hyatt New York hotel.

This story first appeared in the October 11, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.