Bristol, Pa.-based Jones Apparel Group Inc. has promoted Stacy Lastrina to executive vice president, marketing. Other recent appointments at Jones Apparel include Andrew Cohen to the new position of president, Wholesale Footwear and Accessories; and Heather Pech, president, Company-Owned Retail Footwear and Apparel. Jack Gross was named group CEO for all denim and junior businesses; and Barry Bates was appointed president, l.e.i. and Energie brands, reporting to Gross.
Udo Skarke has joined Erhardt + Leimer Inc., Spartanburg, as Textile Division manager for North America, with a focus on web processes and straightening technology. The company also named Dave Fincher assistant Textile Division manager.
Gaetano Sallorenzo has joined The Warnaco Group Inc., New York City, as president and CEO for Europe and Asia of the recently acquired Calvin Klein Jeans and Sportswear division.
Wichita, Kan.-based INVISTA has appointed Jeff Gentry chairman of the Board of Directors. Jim Mahoney and Mark Humphrey also have joined the board. Mary Beth Jarvis, formerly communications director at Invista parent Koch Industries, has been appointed vice president of public and governmental affairs for Invista.
Robert C. Skinner Jr. was elected chairman of St. Louis-based Kellwood Co. He also will continue as president and CEO of the company.
The National Retail Federation, Washington, has hired Kathleen Grannis as manager of media relations.
Daryl T. Bowman, Ph.D., professor of cotton breeding at North Carolina State University, is the recipient of the 2005 Cotton Genetics Research Award conferred by the Cotton Council of America, Memphis, Tenn.
Cliff Fox, Capron, Va.; Joe Bostick, Golden, Miss.; Lawrence Braswell, Raymondville, Texas; and Wally Shropshire, Blythe, Calif., are the winners of the 2006 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards. The award recognizes farmers who are dedicated to taking care of their land and protecting the environment while producing good cotton crops.
Two retiring harvesting researchers - W. Stanley Anthony, US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Cotton Ginning Laboratory, Stoneville, Miss.; and Alan Brashears, Cotton Production and Processing Research Unit of USDA-ARS, Lubbock, Texas - were honored by their peers at the recent Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association's reception, held at the 2006 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
Emily Liggett, president and CEO of San Jose, Calif.-based Apexon Inc., has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Wilmington, Del.-based Textronics Inc.
Everett Eissenstat has joined senior US Trade Representative (USTR) staff, Washington, as assistant USTR for the Americas. He is responsible for developing and implementing US trade policy in the region.
Boulder, Colo.-based Outlast Technologies Inc. has hired Vann Brown as vice president of business development.
The Organic Trade Association, Greenfield, Mass., has named Caren Wilcox executive director.
Tony Bon has been promoted to chief operating officer of Ferndale, Wash.-based Samson Rope Technologies Inc. Mark Swiackey is the company's new vice president of operations. Samson's Commercial Marine Division has promoted Larry Unser to regional sales manager, with responsibility for the Commercial Fishing Division; and Craig Kelly and Dennis Sherman to category sales managers. In addition, Robin Collett has joined the Commercial Marine sales team as regional sales manager with responsibility for the United Kingdom, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.