Food and consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corporation announced on Friday that it has appointed Cary D McMillan chief executive officer of its worldwide branded apparel business.

Branded Apparel, which reports as the intimates and underwear line of business, is the corporation's largest business segment, with fiscal 2001 sales of $7.8 billion.

McMillan, 43, is an executive vice president of the corporation, and currently serves as Sara Lee's chief financial and administrative officer. In his new role, he will assume immediate responsibility for the branded apparel business.

The company also announced today that from January 1, 2002, LM (Theo) de Kool, will become its chief financial officer. The 48-year-old is currently a senior vice president of Sara Lee Corporation and serves as chief financial officer.