G&K Services, Inc (Nasdaq: GKSRA), suppliers of corporate identity apparel programs and facility services, has named Patricia A. Kleinman as vice president of its direct sale business.

Kleinman will oversee sales, customer service, fulfilment and administration of this division, reporting directly to Thomas Moberly, chief executive officer.

Kleinman, 46, joined G&K in 1999 and over the past 18 months has made substantial contributions in developing G&K's national account business, which has grown more than 20 per cent during the past year.

Previously she had dedicated almost 20 years in various positions with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, most recently as vice president/general manager of their Minnesota territory.

Kleinman established their Minnesota operation, which is one of the top providers of rental cars in that market today.

Thomas Moberly CEO said: "After a careful review of several impressive prospects, we determined that Pat was the most capable and qualified candidate to build our direct sale operation. She is a seasoned business executive who has the respect of the entire G&K organisation."

"She has a strong customer service background and proven success in working with larger national and regional accounts, many of whom require both rental and direct sales services. As a result, Pat is well positioned to lead the future success of this high-growth business.''