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Kevin Burke to Exit AAFA

The trade association's president and CEO will step down in January.

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The American Apparel & Footwear Association said today that Kevin Burke will step down as president and CEO, effective Jan. 21.

"For nearly 13 years, Kevin has been a passionate champion for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, and its more than 4 million American workers," AAFA Chairman Philip Williamson said in a statement. "He brought a much-needed global vision to AAFA and traveled the world meeting with industry stakeholders to keep American workers competitive in the global market."

Burke also was upbeat about his time spent at the organization. "The key lessons I've learned during my years at AAFA are that the U.S. apparel and footwear industry is always moving forward, and that the industry must maintain its global perspective to remain competitive," he said in the statement.

While the AAFA declined to comment on Burke's next move, the Airports Council International – North America posted an announcement that Burke will join that organization as president and CEO, starting Jan. 22.

Williamson noted the AAFA will move quickly to name a replacement.