Bob has extensive experience and expertise in our core business and we worked well together at Kellwood. I am confident that he can help lead us to greater market share and profitability.
Hong Kong (Vocus) April 18, 2009
Smart Apparel Group Ltd., the Hong Kong based apparel manufacturing and marketing division of Youngor Group Ltd., announced today the appointment of Robert C. (Bob) Skinner, Jr. as CEO of Smart Apparel (U.S.) Inc., its U.S. subsidiary. The position is a new one for the company.
Former chairman and CEO of Kellwood Company, Skinner is based in the company's New York City offices and reports to Jesse Zee, managing director of Smart Apparel Group Ltd. in Hong Kong.
Skinner spent 24 years with Oxford Industries where he rose to president of the Oxford Shirt Group and corporate vice president. He joined Kellwood in 2000 as president of its menswear division. Skinner was named president and chief operating officer of Kellwood in 2003, and appointed CEO in 2005. His accomplishments during his tenure include the restructuring of the legacy women's sportswear business and a number of successful acquisitions. Kellwood was acquired by private equity firm Sun Capital in 2008. Skinner's most recent position was as CEO of Lacoste U.S.A. He resigned that post earlier this year.
Skinner knows the Smart Apparel business well, as the company was previously owned by Kellwood from 1982 until its sale to Youngor Group Ltd. in January 2008. Commenting on his new role, Skinner said, "I am honored and pleased to be reunited with the Smart Apparel team. I am enthusiastic about the expansion plans Chairman Li of Youngor and Jesse Zee have formulated for Smart Apparel, and I believe in the company's people, abilities, and resources." Zee noted, "Bob has extensive experience and expertise in our core business and we worked well together at Kellwood. I am confident that he can help lead us to greater market share and profitability."
About Smart Apparel
Smart Apparel is a leading manufacturer, marketer, seller and distributor of branded and private label apparel around the world. While primarily a manufacturer of private brands through its Smart Shirts' facilities, this business also designs, makes, and sells licensed brands of men's shirts such as Nautica, Claiborne and Perry Ellis. It also carries licensed brands of tailored clothing including Nautica and Perry Ellis. Its manufacturing division, Smart Shirts, has 13 manufacturing facilities located in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. For more information, visit http://www.smartapparelus.com.
Youngor Group Ltd. (publicly listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange) is a diversified conglomerate, which is engaged in three major businesses, namely, the manufacturing and retailing of its own "Youngor" brand apparel, property development, and investment holdings. Its "Youngor" brand men's shirt was ranked first for 13 consecutive years while its "Youngor" brand men's suit was ranked first for eight consecutive years in the PRC market. In addition, the Company owns one of China's largest manufacturers of high-grade yarn dyed woven fabrics. Headquartered in Ningbo, China, the Company has operations in China, Asia and the United States, and its products are sold in over 2,000 retail locations within China.
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