The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has elected Michael Singer, vice president of customs and social compliance for Macy's Merchandising Group, as its new chairman.

He takes over the role following the retirement of Maureen Gray, chair of USFIA since 2011 and vice president of international trade at Ralph Lauren Corporation from 1997 to March 2016.

Singer has been a member of the USFIA board of directors since 2005, and served as treasurer of the board since 2011, as well as the co-chair of the education & training committee, launched in January 2016.

"I'm thrilled to announce that Michael will take over as chairman of USFIA, helping to lead our organisation on our continued path of growth and trade policy wins for our members," says USFIA president Julia Hughes.

"USFIA remains dedicated to our mission to eliminate barriers to trade, but we also focus on providing resources to help members stay current with global labour, human rights, and environmental standards, too.

"Michael's expertise in both customs compliance and social compliance reflects USFIA's commitment to help global brands and retailers balance the variety of trade and compliance challenges that we face every day."

Macy's Merchandising Group is a founding member of the association, and is responsible for conceptualising, designing, sourcing, importing and marketing private brand goods sold at Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

"I look forward to continuing to lead USFIA in our mission to eliminate barriers to trade for fashion brands and retailers, especially as we look toward implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership," says Singer.

"And I'm excited to bring my vision to the organisation to expand education and training opportunities focusing on regulatory compliance, transportation and logistics, and sustainability and ethical sourcing."

Singer will be replaced as treasurer by Stefanie Rotta, senior director of global sourcing and operations for URBN Inc, which includes Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and other brands. Rotta has been a member of the USFIA board of directors since 2013.

The USFI represents textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally.