The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), headquartered in Arlington, VA, has named Kevin Burke as its new president and chief executive officer.

Burke, who joins from Food Distributors International (FDI) where he was vice president for government relations, will take up his new post on June 11.

AAFA represents firms such as Sara Lee, Liz Claiborne, Levi Strauss, New Balance, Jones New York and many others. It is the product of a recent merger of three smaller associations and is focused on government representation, communications, and education.

At FDI, Burke led a government relations team that positioned the association to achieve success as it dealt with members of Congress and of the executive branch.