Polyester and nylon yarn producer Unifi Inc has named William L Jasper as its president and chief executive officer, as part of a number of executive changes to its board of directors.

In other appointments, R Roger Berrier Jr is its new executive vice president of sales, marketing and Asian operations, and Ronald L Smith is vice president of finance and treasurer.

Mr Jasper has been with Unifi since 2004, and has been vice president of sales since 2006. He replaces Brian R Parke who stood down from the Greensboro, North Carolina based company last month.

Mr Berrier was previously Unifi's vice president of commercial operations, and Mr Smith was treasurer and with additional responsibility for investor relations.

Unifi is in the midst of a cost cutting exercise after its full year losses widened to $113.1m, from $14.4m during the previous year.

Last month the company said it would close its Kinston, North Carolina facility with the loss of 260 jobs. And in July, the company announced plans to close a recently acquired texturising facility in Dillon, South Carolina with the loss of 355 jobs.