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July/August 2007

Invista Inc., Wichita, Kan., has named Jeff Gentry CEO and Dave Trerotola president, Invista Apparel.


Nano-Tex Inc.
, Oakland, Calif., has named Bob Moran senior vice president, US sales.

Unifi Inc.
, Greensboro, N.C., has appointed Stephen Wener to its Board of Directors.

Polartec LLC, Lawrence, Mass., has promoted Andrew Vecchione to president.

The Astrup Co., Cleveland, has promoted Mellisa Gravitis to branch manager of its Northern California Distribution Center in Hayward and Gregory Phillips to account representative at its Lithia Springs, Ga., distribution center. Astrup has named Nathan Hesterman and Vince Lollino account representatives at its Northern California and Chicago distribution centers, respectively. Jayelyn Powell has joined the company as account representative at Astrup’s Seattle Distribution Center.

Highland Industries Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has named David Jackson senior vice president and general manager.

Eric R. Schnur has joined Cleveland-based Lubrizol Advanced Materials Inc. as vice president and general manager, Performance Coatings division. Schnur replaces Julian M. Steinberg , who has been appointed senior vice president and COO, Lubrizol.

Wolverine World Wide Inc., Rockford, Mich., has promoted Blake W. Krueger to CEO and president. Krueger succeeds former CEO Timothy J. O’Donovan , who was re-elected chairman of the board.


Valdese Weavers LLC
, Valdese, N.C.,
has named Jason Earles sales manager,
Valdese International Products.

VF Corp.
, Greensboro, N.C., has named Giorgio Presca president, VF Jeanswear International.

Material ConneXion, New York City, recently presented Sandy Chilewich with the Material ConneXion Medium Award for material excellence in the category of Textile Design.

The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists recently honored the following students at its annual Concept 2 Consumer®/ Computer Integrated Textile Design Association design competition: Elizabeth Early , University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, first place, and Sara Jo Cullen and Nicole Zastrow , University of Wisconsin-Stout, second place, apparel design, print design; Adrianne Lee , Bowling Green State University, first place, and Esther Chang , North Carolina State University, second place, apparel design, product design; Laura Dupré , Auburn University, first place, and Justine Fallon , University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, second place, interior design, print design; Alissa Polaski , Miami International University of Art & Design, first place, and Allison Shelton , Auburn University, second place, interior design, product design.

Clariant International Ltd., Switzerland, has named Okke Koo head of its Pigments & Additives Division, Philippe Royer head of its Leather & Paper Chemicals Division, Andreas Walde head of legal, and Renaud Spitz head of group operational excellence. The company has promoted Hans Schmidt to region president, Europe; and Henri Schloemer to country president, Germany.

The Brussels-based
International Wool
Textile Organisation

has appointed Günther Beier ,
Bremer Woll-Kammerei AG, president.

Richmond, Va.-based Performance Fibers Inc. has appointed Torben Wetche vice president and CFO, and Christopher L. Fieber vice president, corporate strategy.

The Brussels-based International Rayon and Synthetic Fibers Committee (CIRFS) has elected Thomas Fahnemann , Lenzing AG, president.

Fleissner GmbH, Germany, has named Dr.-Ing Dieter Zenker technical director.

Andy Riley has joined Charlotte-based Dilo Inc. as area sales manager.

Swift Spinning Inc., Columbus, Ga., has named Trey Hodges to its Board of Directors, and promoted Scott Gunn to plant manager at its East Columbus Plant.

July/August 2007