Nike has named Joseph Tomaselli as the new vice president of global apparel sourcing and Dennis Colard as vice president of global operations.

Tomaselli, 54, will assume overall responsibility for sourcing initiatives and apparel product integrity for Nike's global apparel businesses and will report to Mindy Grossman, vice president, Nike global apparel. He will begin in April.

"I am thrilled to have someone of Joe's calibre join our team. The combination of Joe's merchandising, production and global sourcing expertise add significant value to our apparel organisation," said Grossman.

Previously, Tomaselli was senior vice president, Disney Sourcing Organisation at the Walt Disney Company, where he managed the development of worldwide sourcing and technical service support for The Disney Store worldwide, Walt Disney Attractions and other Disney business units.

Prior to that, Tomaselli was executive vice president, merchandise and vice president, product, for Mervyn's and senior vice president, Gap Production, for The Gap. Tomaselli also held senior management positions with Macy's and Abraham & Straus.

Colard, 56, will manage Nike's global operations, including responsibility for logistics, information technology and corporate procurement, reporting to Roland Wolfram, Nike's vice president of global operations and technology. He begins March 30, 2001.

"Dennis brings a tremendous world class operations and supply chain capability to our organisation that will fit well with our aggressive efforts to strengthen our global operations platform," said Wolfram.

Most recently, Colard was executive vice president and partner of Eclipse Group, a supply chain consulting firm and was formerly vice president, worldwide logistics, Read-Rite Inc.

Previously, Colard, a 25-year veteran of Hewlett-Packard, lead the worldwide logistics supply chain initiative and was responsible for manufacturing operations for Hewlett-Packard Puerto Rico, in addition to holding several materials, inventory and sourcing management positions both domestically and in France.