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Priest Named To Top DOC Textiles And Apparel Post

Matt Priest has been named deputy assistant secretary for textiles and apparel at the US Department of Commerce’s (DOC’s) Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). He succeeds James Leonard, who served in that position from 2002 until September 2006.

In his new position, Priest will supervise strategies and programs to support US fiber, textiles and apparel interests; and also will serve as chair of the interagency Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. He previously served as senior advisor to the DOC’s assistant secretary for import administration, and prior to that as legislative director for Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C. In both positions, he provided advice on textile and trade issues.

“Matt Priest provides sound advice and key insight regarding textile and apparel issues and is a welcome addition to OTEXA,” said Frank Lavin, under secretary for international trade, DOC. “ His knowledge of trade issues and industry concerns will offer a smooth transition so we can continue to work on behalf of the textile and apparel industries.”

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