Stephen Walmsley has been promoted to vice president of business development and special projects for apparel maker Kellwood Company, where he will be responsible for identifying and building business opportunities to enhance the company's growth.

Walmsley, most recently director of special projects, joined Kellwood in September 2004 as director of financial process improvement and special projects.

Prior to joining the company, he was director of corporate development at Douglas Group, a private investment banking firm.

"With his promotion, we are acknowledging Stephen's outstanding work in helping to grow our business," said Robert C Skinner Jr, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Based in St Louis and New York, Walmsley will report to Skinner.