The Warnaco Group, Inc. has appointed Sheree Waterson as the new President of Speedo North America, a division of Warnaco Swimwear Inc. Ms. Waterson will oversee all aspects of Speedo’s design, development, merchandising, marketing and sales.

A 25-year veteran of the retail and wholesale apparel industries, Ms. Waterson brings extensive experience in product development and brand management. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Women’s Apparel at Levi Strauss.

Before joining Levi Strauss, Ms. Waterson held senior level management positions at Wet Seal, Contempo Casuals, and Mervyn’s. Ms. Waterson holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Sheree’s merchandising and brand management skills will be tremendous assets to the Speedo brand and we look forward to her leadership,” said Kathy Van Ness, Executive Vice President Warnaco Swimwear Inc.

Further, President of Warnaco Swimwear Inc., Roger Williams said, “The Speedo brand is one of the world’s few true sports lifestyle brands. Our growth plans for Speedo in North America are aggressive and Sheree is the perfect candidate to head this task.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Ms. Waterson said, “Speedo is a brand with great market penetration and brand recognition. This is a unique opportunity and challenge that I embrace with great passion.”