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September/October 2007

Israel-based Nilit Ltd. has named Ronald Mangrum head of Nilit North America Corp., and Attilio Annoni general manager, Fiber Division, Europe.

The Color Marketing Group, Alexandria, Va., has elected George Iannuzzi , Clariant Ltd., to its Board of Directors.



Polymer Group Inc., Charlotte, has promoted Mike Hale to COO, Bob Dale to vice president of research and development, and Fernando Espinosa to senior vice president and general manager, Europe.

Dr. James Chantler and Sandra Case have joined Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex LLC, Research Triangle Park, N.C., as research associates.

Tavex Group, Spain, has named Gilberto Mestriner Stocche corporate marketing director.

The Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA), Gastonia, N.C., has elected Ulrik Frodermann , Oerlikon Barmag, president; Pat Murray , Unifi Inc., first vice president; John Edwards , Nan Ya Plastics, second vice president; John Amirtharaj , Universal Fibers, vice president, membership; Alasdair Carmichael , PCI Fibres & Raw Materials, vice president, publicity; and Jerry Eskew , Accotex/Daytex, vice president, conference. SYFA also elected the following directors: Keith Adams , Burlington Worldwide; Ernie Hundley , Nilit North America Corp.; Mike Becker Jr. , Michael S. Becker Inc.; and McDaniel Beard , Strategic Solutions. Jerry King , Milliken & Company, was appointed secretary, and Kim Pettit was appointed treasurer.

Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, has named David Conine head of market development, Awning and Architecture Division, WeatherMax.

Culp Inc., High Point, N.C., has elected Thomas G. Gallagher Jr. corporate controller, assistant treasurer and assistant secretary.

Carroll Santos has joined Batson Group Inc. , Greenville, as product manager for Batson’s textile dyeing and finishing and nonwovens finishing principals.

Kellwood Co., St. Louis, has elected the following officers: Gregory W. Kleffner , CFO; Patrick J. Burns , corporate vice president and chief strategy and marketing officer; Samuel W. Duggan II , corporate vice president, investor relations, and treasurer; J. David Larocca Jr. , corporate vice president, human resources; and Michael M. Saunders , corporate vice president and chief information officer.

Leigh Fibers Inc., Spartanburg, has promoted Keith Taylor to president and treasurer, following the retirement of President and CEO Carl Lehner .

Nordson Corp., Duluth, Ga., has appointed Frank Burkus global business development manager for new materials, Adhesive Systems Group.



The following students were honored with design prizes at the recent Texprint exhibition in London: Cécile Utgé-Royo , Print; Edward Forster , Color; Hyuna Lee , Breaking New Ground; Alice Palmer , Knit; Kaori Ueda , Weave; and Lucy Robbie , Interior Fashion.

Rodrigo Siza has joined Paris-based Lectra as director, Lectra Portugal.

Tolland, Conn.-based Gerber Technology has appointed Cynthia Mahlstedt director, marketing communications.



At its recent annual meeting, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries elected Gerd Ries , Johnson & Johnson, chairman; and Pieter Meijer , Fiberweb France S.A.S., vice chairman. José Durany , Tesalca-99 S.A., Michael Hartnett , Mölnlycke Health Care, and Ghobad Rahrooh , Procter & Gamble, were elected board members. Gunnar Preifors , SCA Hygiene Products AB, was re-elected vice chairman; and Paul Eevers , Unilever Europe Foods, was re-elected treasurer.

Springs Global US Inc., Fort Mill, S.C., has named Edward Cardimona chief global creative officer and senior vice president.

Columbus, Ga.-based Swift Spinning Inc. has promoted Trey Hodges to president and CEO, and Keith Harnage to CFO.


September/October 2007