Naturally Knits Inc., Gastonia, N.C., named Jim Magarahan vice president and general manager. The following people were appointed team leaders: Kathy St. Clair, converting; Linda Wacaster, greige; and Tammy Green, accounting and office management. In addition, Janice Farinella and Cheryl Romero have joined the sales group at Naturally Knits. Farinella will be responsible for California, while Romero’s sales territory includes Eastern Canada and New England.
Acme-Hardesty Co., Blue Bell, Pa., named Bob Malenchini regional sales manager for northern Illinois, northern Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska.
Stefan Kroß was invited to join the executive board of Germany-based W. Schlafhorst AG & Co. Kroß was also appointed managing director of Schlafhorst Winding Systems GmbH. He succeeds Gregor Rüth, who is leaving the company.
James (Jim) Greene has been added to the sales team of Batson Yarn and Fabrics Machinery Group Inc., Greenville, S.C., as area sales manager.
Chuck Allen joins BBA Nonwovens as a senior development scientist in the Hygiene Research and Development Division, Simpsonville, S.C. Allen will develop nonwoven materials for feminine- care applications and will work with the BBA Natural Fibers Group’s customers.
Alloy Polymers, Richmond, Va., has hired Robert Humphreys to fill the newly created position of vice president of operations.
Rutland Plastics Technologies, Pineville, N.C., has named Danny Sweem, vice president of sales for the company’s screen print business.
Wardwell Braiding Machine Co., Central Falls, R.I., announced changes to its sales and management team. David Farnum has been appointed customer service manager, while Bob Foisy has been promoted to aftermarket sales manager. In addition, David Goodney has been appointed sales manager responsible for United States operations.
W. Gilbert O’Neal has been elected president of the Institute of Textile Technology, Charlottesville, Va. O’Neal served as executive vice president and COO of the Institute for the past year. He will succeed Robert A. Barnhardt.
Dawn Wyatt has recently been promoted to the position of corporate director, technical services, Duro Industries, Fall River, Mass.
Patrick Steverlynck is the new chairman of the Board of Directors for Belgium-based Picanol, while Jan Coene has taken over as president and CEO of the company.
Houston-based KoSa has announced the restructuring of its textile fibers businesses. Vice President Eduardo Rocha will continue to lead the new global textile fibers business. Reporting to Rocha will be: Marco Espinosa, general manager, global textile staple; Ken Hardin, general manager, global textile filament; Paul Latten, director, global sourcing; Matt Schrantz, director, global research and development; and Rodolfo Sequeyro, manager, global financial/business analysis.
Frank K. Hurd has joined the staff of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), Dalton, Ga., as vice president and director of government relations. Hurd will help CRI move forward in the issue management and advocacy arenas. Gary Kenworthy will continue with CRI in a part-time role.
Jockey International Inc., Kenosha, Wis., has appointed Jamie Lockhard vice president, marketing and advertising. She will be responsible for the development and execution of all advertising programs, as well as providing direction for sales promotions and public relations.
Mark Vasconcellos has joined the sales team at Hunter Associates Laboratory Inc., Reston, Va. Vasconcellos will represent North and South Carolina, southern Virginia, eastern Tennessee and southeastern West Virginia.
The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., has named Cosmo R. Camelio as its new technical director. Camelio has been involved in the nonwovens and general textiles industry for 36 years. He comes to INDA from his most recent position with Freudenberg Nonwovens LP, Durham, N.C.