Sara Lee Branded Apparel's Americas/Asia business has appointed E Lee Wyatt Jr into the new position of chief financial officer.

Wyatt will be responsible for helping the business to adapt to its changed status as an independent, publicly held company in 2006, after its parent company Sara Lee Corporation announced its intent to spin off its apparel operations in February.

Wyatt, who has 30 years of financial experience, joins Sara Lee Branded Apparel from Sonic Automotive Inc, where he served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.