The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Announces Board Of Directors Leadership For 2024-2025 Term

WASHINGTON— March 8, 2024 — The American Apparel & Footwear Association announced the renewal of its Board of Directors leadership and the addition of 15 new and re-elected Board members.

The following individuals were confirmed as AAFA’s Board of Directors leadership for the 2024-2025 term:

  • Josue Solano, BBC International – chair;
  • Halide Alagöz, Ralph Lauren Corp. – vice chair;
  • Katherine Gold, Goldbug Inc. – treasurer;
  • Joe Preston, New Balance Athletics, Inc. – secretary; and
  • Ted Dagnese, lululemon athletica – past chair.

The following individuals were elected and re-elected to the Board of Directors:

Newly elected:

  • Peter Charles, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Tapestry Inc.;
  • Sarah Clarke, Chief Supply Chain Officer, American Eagle Outfitters Inc.; and
  • Sarah Hurzeler, COO, Dorfman Milano.


  • Halide Alagöz, Ralph Lauren Corp.;
  • Ted Dagnese, lululemon athletica;
  • Bill Ells, Vibram USA;
  • Katherine Gold, Goldbug Inc.;
  • Rick Horwitch, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services;
  • Sid Howard, Amann Group;
  • David Miller, Minnetonka Moccasin Company Inc.;
  • Allison Murphy, TTI Global Resources;
  • Josue Solano, BBC International; and
  • Deborah Weinswig, Coresight Research Inc.

The new AAFA Board of Directors also includes two Board member posts that were appointed on March 6:

  • Shawn Curran, chief supply chain officer, Under Armour Inc.; and
  • Sarah McMullin, vice president, Owned Brand Product Operations Apparel and Accessories, Target Corp.

“I’m repeatedly remined of the value of the AAFA Membership through everyday challenges and the breadth of support provided as we empower our employees and industry partners. I look forward to shaping the next year of aspirations as we continue to convert new hurdles into opportunities for continuous improvement,” shared Josue Solano, AAFA chair and CEO of BBC International.

“Josue is a leader in every sense of the word, and I have no doubt he will continue to help recruit and retain new inspirational leaders onto the board and membership at large,” said Steve Lamar, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “Ted Dagnese’s leadership over the last term has been integral, and we are thrilled that he is able to remain at the officer table as past chair.”

As the 2024 AAFA Executive Summit concluded on March 7, AAFA was touched by the response to delivering the Lifetime Achievement Award to Thomas G Travis, Founder and Counsel to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A who received a standing ovation. The recognition was for his unparalleled contributions to the association and the industry, with specific accolades for his counsel on trade and customs programs that have benefitted millions of people including consumers, retailers, brands, and workers worldwide.

Posted: March 8, 2024

Source: The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)