After a six-month search, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has named Juanita Duggan as its next president and CEO.

Duggan, an experienced trade association executive and lobbyist, will join the association on 1 July, and replaces Kevin Burke who stepped down in January.

She joins AAFA after three years as policy director at Washington-based lobbying firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Shreck, where her clients included the retail sector. Duggan is also a former president and CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, and the former president and CEO of American Forest and Paper Association.

"Juanita has demonstrated time and again her relentlessness and dedication to succeed for her clients," says Rick Helfenbein, chairman of AAFA. "Her ability to lead organisations, develop coalitions, and successfully manage complex lobbying efforts and public affairs campaigns is quite impressive."

"This is a great opportunity to up the association's game in an era of fast-paced change in the industry and the policy world," adds Duggan. "The apparel and footwear industry is a key driver of economic growth in the US and globally. I can't wait to tell their story."

AAFA is an industry trade group representing more than 1,000 world famous apparel and footwear brands.