President Obama has nominated Emanuel Chirico, chairman and chief executive officer of apparel giant Phillip Van Heusen, as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

The advisory committee ensures US trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect US public and private sector interests. It is composed of representatives of non-federal governments, laboor, industry, agriculture, small business, service industries, retailers, non-governmental environmental and conservation organisations, and consumer interests.

Chirico has been chairman and CEO of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein owner PVH Corp since 2007 and 2006 respectively. The group is one of the largest global apparel companies with over $8bn in revenues, from brands that also include Van Heusen, Izod, Arrow, Speedo, Warner's and Olga.

Since joining PVH in 1993, Chirico has served in multiple capacities including president and chief operating officer and chief financial officer. 

His is one of a number of nominations for key administration posts. Making the announcements, President Obama said: "I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country. I look forward to working with them."