Leading manufacturer of intimate apparel, jeanswear, swimwear and sportswear, The Warnaco Group Inc, has appointed John Kourakos president of its sportswear group.

Warnaco's Sportswear group includes the Calvin Klein jeans, Calvin Klein underwear and Chaps by Ralph Lauren divisions.

Mr Kourakos joins Warnaco – currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection - with over 20 years#; experience in the apparel industry, including a 15-year association with the Calvin Klein brand and five years with the Ralph Lauren brand.

Most recently, he was president of men#;s wear at Tommy Hilfiger and prior to that was president of Warnaco's Calvin Klein underwear and men's accessories division.

Tony Alvarez Jr, chief executive officer of Warnaco, said: "John's appointment is an important step in Warnaco's restructuring process and our efforts to recruit strong new leadership to take our business forward."

He added: "Given John's wealth of specific experience with the brands in our Sportswear group and his proven leadership skills, he is uniquely suited to head the sportswear group.

"He has a proven track record of success in managing sportswear brands, and he has the confidence of our retail partners, customers, licensers and employees."