HONG KONG — June 6, 2016 — Redress has hired Jill Grinda as executive director of the environmental NGO working to promote sustainability in the fashion industry.
Grinda will be based in Hong Kong and report to Redress’ Founder, Christina Dean and Redress’ newly expanded Board of Directors. Her role is to lead on overall project development for Redress and The EcoChic Design Award, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, as well as to drive business development, in particular the expansion of Redress’ TV documentary series. Grinda will also oversee the production, education and communications teams in Hong Kong and Europe and drive forth Redress’ programs around industry and consumer engagement, and educating emerging designers.
“I am thrilled to be joining Redress and returning to the fashion business,” Grinda said. “Shockingly, the fashion and textile industry is the world’s second biggest polluter, after oil, and we need raise awareness about these issues and make the world of fashion, from industry to consumers, more accountable and innovative in how they go about making and wearing clothes.”
Dean commented on the appointment: “We have had an exciting nine year history leading this conversation in Asia and one of Redress’ next steps is to leverage more strategic partnerships in the region so that we drive solutions to make the fashion industry less polluting — but still profitable. Jill’s depth of skill set in business development, strategy, leadership, media and communications will help Redress to achieve this.”
Grinda is an accomplished entrepreneurial professional with more than fifteen years global experience in business development for leading multinational media and entertainment brands. She joins Redress from Reuters News Agency where she led Asian business development and content sales with a brief to grow the business in the region. Grinda spent five years in the early part of her career working for the Australian Wool Corporation organising an Australian student fashion design competition.
Posted June 6, 2016