Gildan Activewear has appointed Mackie Vadacchino to the newly created position of executive vice-president, corporate affairs.

In her new role at the company, Ms Vadacchino will be responsible for an extensive portfolio of senior corporate functions, including human resources, corporate change management and organisational development, as well as public and governmental relations and communications.

Ms Vadacchino most recently served as president and chief executive officer of one of Canada's largest career management consulting firms.