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Gail Cook is Prez of David Meister brand at apparel marketer Kellwood

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Jun '06
Gail Cook was named president of David Meister, according to Robert C. Skinner, Jr., Kellwood chairman, president and chief executive officer. Cook will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the division, and will be David's strategic partner for the continued growth of the designer's business.

"We are delighted to welcome Gail, a dynamic trailblazer in the bridge category, to the David Meister organization. We are confident she will provide the leadership needed to further develop the David Meister brand," commented Skinner.

Prior to Kellwood, Cook ran her own strategic apparel consultancy, Gail Cook & Company. From 1990 to 2004, she served in several senior executive roles at Liz Claiborne Companies Inc., her most recent post being group president. At Liz, Cook was responsible for the management, strategic direction, and product and brand development of the Dana Buchman, Sigrid Olsen and Ellen Tracy brands. She began her career in apparel with Herb Gallen, owner and founder of Ellen Tracy.

"Gail brings an exceptional perspective and wealth of experience to our company. I look forward to working with her as my business partner as we continue to evolve the David Meister brand," added David Meister, chairman and creative director.

Cook, based in the David Meister New York showroom at 550 Seventh Avenue, reports to Arthur K. Gordon, chief executive officer Kellwood Western Region.

David Meister launched his eveningwear collection in 1998. Day dresses were introduced in 2002 in response to retailer and consumer interest, and his sportswear collection debuted in 2004. The company is currently exploring opportunities to extend the brand into accessories and other important classifications. His designs are sold at fine department and specialty stores.

Kellwood, a $2 billion marketer of apparel and consumer soft goods, specializes in branded as well as private label products, and markets to all channels of distribution with product specific to a particular channel.

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