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March/April 2008

Designtex, New York City, has named Rich Morrow and Kimberle Frost co-creative leaders, and Carol Derby director of environmental strategy. Derby also has been elected president of the Association of Contract Textiles, Fort Worth, Texas.

Performance Fibers, Richmond, Va., has promoted Alexander J. Carnevale to vice president and COO, responsible for business operations worldwide; and Mark Sicre to lead the company's European business.

Hollingsworth & Vose Co., East Walpole, Mass., has named Robert J. Schiller vice president and general manager, High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration business unit; and Jochem Hofstetter vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa Region.

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, has been named one of the Top 20 under 40 Young Professionals by Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas.



Oxford Industries Inc., Atlanta, has promoted K. Scott Grassmyer to senior vice president, CFO and controller.

Alfred Watzl has retired from his position as director of sales and marketing at Germany-based Fleissner GmbH & Co. KG. Rüdiger Weinhardt has been named to succeed Watzl as director of sales.



Lenzing AG, Austria, has promoted Dave Hoyland to managing director, Filaments and Fibers, Lenzing Plastics; and appointed Robert Gregan to succeed Hoyland as vice president and general manager, Nonwoven Fibers. 

Effective April 1, Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, has promoted Stefan Kross to head of Oerlikon Barmag, and Georg Stausberg to succeed Kross as chief technology officer of Oerlikon.

Urban Expositions LLC, Atlanta, has promoted Betty Webb to show director, Material World.

Wellman Inc., Fort Mill, S.C., has promoted Mark Ruday to COO.

FESPA, England, has named Nova Abbott sales executive and Katherine Parkhouse sales administrator and credit controller.

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., Canada, has named Miljenko Horvat non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors.

Southern Weaving Co., Greenville, has named Jim Posa CEO and Ken Lewis director of operations.

Dan Waugh has retired from his position of ring service sales manager at Epic Enterprises Inc., Southern Pines, N.C.

Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Entegrion has named Joseph A. DaCorta chief technical officer and added Dr. Marian McCord to its research and development team.


The Fiber Society, Raleigh, N.C., has presented its Founder's Award to Dr. Tushar Ghosh, professor of textile technology in North Carolina State University's College of Textiles. Min Xiao, Cornell University, received the society's Graduate Student Paper Competition Award.

Lectra, Paris, has appointed Hotsumi Baba as managing director, Japan.

Polymer Group Inc.,  Charlotte, has appointed Robert "Bob" Kocourek as vice president and chief accounting officer.

St. Louis-based Kellwood Co. has named George Sokolowski corporate vice president, strategy, and chief marketing officer; and Stephen F. Powers chief customer officer, Lifestyle Alliance.

Sweden-based Hitex Robot Handtuft has appointed Rebecca Kafka Sears, i.d. TexStyles Inc., its exclusive sales representative in the United States and Canada.

Liz Claiborne Inc., New York City, has named Isaac Mizrahi creative director.

Veltex Corp., City of Industry, Calif., has named Michael Pearl COO, Veltex Apparel.

Tefron Ltd., Israel, has named Yacov Gelbard chairman of the Board of Directors.

FKI Logistex, England, has named Alfredo Villacorta Ramos service manager, FKI Logistex de México S.A. de C.V.; Matt Wicks vice president, systems engineering, Manufacturing Systems Group.; and Michael Bell manager, customer service & support, FKI Logistex Canada.

March/April 2008