FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JA Apparel Names New Management Team
New York, September 10, 2010 – JA Apparel Corp., the maker of fine men’s clothing and an
array of licensed products, today announced that it has named Anthony R. Sapienza as CEO,
replacing Marty Staff, who has left the company to pursue other endeavors. Sapienza has been
President and COO of Joseph Abboud Mfg. Corp., the company’s manufacturing arm in New
Bedford, MA, for 13 years.
At the same time, the company announced that Kenton Selvey, who had been SVP-Business
Development and Brand Strategy, will now become President of the JA Brand Group, reporting
to Sapienza. Selvey, who has more than 20 years’ experience in product licensing, came to JA
Apparel five years ago to drive expansion of its licensing business. Ross Gershkowitz, who had
been VP-Sales and has more than 20 years’ experience in both wholesale and retail trade, is
now SVP-Tailored Clothing.
Bill Watts, the company’s Chairman, said, “Marty’s creativity and drive have been important
elements in the business strategy that the company has put in place over the last six years, and
we wish him well. We believe that this new management structure lead by Tony, Kenton and
Ross addresses the current needs of our customers and partners while leveraging our two
greatest assets: high quality design and manufacturing based in the U.S. and strategic licensing
of the Joseph Abboud brand name.”
Sapienza added, “Joseph Abboud is one of the truly great designer brands in American fashion.
Our focus, as always, remains on working with customers and partners to create and sell
fashion-forward lines that create value at every level of the men’s clothing and accessories
spectrum. Joining with Kenton and Ross, we look forward to continuing to partner in their
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About JA Apparel Corp.
Headquartered in New York City with manufacturing facilities in New Bedford, MA