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Walker to oversee Shanghai

WestPoint Stevens has named William Walker, newly promoted managing director and president of Asian operations, to oversee its new Shanghai office, which is set to open on July 1. WestPoint expects to grow its staff there from three to 12 as well as open additional overseas offices.

A former senior vice president of sourcing since April 2001, Walker will continue to coordinate, develop and manage vendor and country relationships in Asia.

Prior to his role in sourcing, Walker had more than 10 years of management experience in the home fashions industry as well as 15 years in other consumer products.

Mingzi Ye, a native of Shanghai, will join the company as sourcing coordinator to help facilitate the opening of the Shanghai office.

Ye has an M.S. in science from Clemson University in South Carolina and a B.A. in English with a minor in marketing and business from Shanghai Teachers' University.