Gail Strickler has been selected as the new Assistant United States Trade Representative for Textiles in a role where she will be responsible for supervising negotiations affecting textile and apparel products.

She will also advise USTR Ron Kirk on textile and apparel trade policy matters and work to expand the industry's access to foreign markets.

This is the first time the textile position has been an assistant USTR position, and is thought to reflect the evolution of the US textile program and the end of textile quota agreements.

Previously vice president of the global apparel division at Duro Textile LLC, which acquired Saxon Textile Corp in 2007, Strickler has also served as associate director for the Institute for Textiles and Apparel Product Safety (ITAPS) at Philadelphia University's College of Textiles and Sciences.

"Gail will play a pivotal role in helping the US Trade Representative's office and the industries adapt to a trade environment that has undergone significant changes in the recent past, and to exploring new market opportunities," Ambassador Kirk said.