New Balance CEO to Join AAFA Board

WASHINGTON — Rob DeMartini, CEO of New Balance, is joining the board of directors and executive committee of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

According to a statement from AAFA on Monday, DeMartini will fill the board position vacated by Jim Tompkins, former president and COO of New Balance, who left earlier this month.

“With all of the challenges currently facing the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, Rob’s insight and experience will be invaluable,” Kevin Burke, president and CEO of AAFA, said in a statement. “Because of New Balance’s global reputation for delivering first-rate athletic shoes to its customers, we are proud that Rob has agreed to join our board of directors. Rob will be a strong and steady voice for our footwear members.”

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