Joseph R Pinkston III has been elected senior vice president of human resources for the Russell Corporation.

Pinkston, who joined Russell on 3 December, will be based in Atlanta and report to Jack Ward, chairman and CEO. He will be responsible for the overall human resources function within the company.

From 1995 until this year, Pinkston was vice president of human resources and chief administrative officer for Hussman International Inc, a manufacturer of display cases and refrigeration units for grocery stores. At Hussman, he led the human resources initiatives in the organization's transition to a public company with $1.5 billion in revenues and 10,000 employees.