Casual apparel company Levi Strauss & Co has named John Goodman as president of the US Dockers business, effective 6 June.

Goodman has been serving as vice president and chief apparel officer for Kmart Holding Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, since December 2003.

Levi announced its search for a new Dockers president in April after current president Bobbi Silten decided to take a six-month sabbatical starting in June 2005.

Levi Strauss & Co is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel marketers with 2004 sales of $4.1 billion. The company manufactures and markets branded jeans and casual sportswear under the Levi's, Dockers and Levi Strauss Signature brands.