May/June 2019

Kristi Ellis is the new vice president of communications for the Washington-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). Don Vavala was also named director of regulatory and technical affairs. Vavala replaces Hardy Poole who has retired.

Charles Jolly has joined the team at Fi-Tech Inc., Midlothian, Va. He will support the company’s field technical services resources in support of Fi-Tech principal Mayer & Cie., a Germany-based manufacturing of knitting machinery.

Rochester, N.H.-based Albany International Corp. has appointed Stephen M. Nolan
CEO and treasurer.


Pittsburgh-based PPG named Devashish Saxena vice president and chief digital officer. Saxena is tasked with leading the company’s digital transformation, creating a sustainable digital organization to unlock customer value.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi Inc.’s board of directors has elected Albert P. “Al” Carey executive chairman and named Thomas H. Caudle Jr. principal executive officer. Caudle will also continue in his roles as a director and president and COO of the company.

Kasey Jarvis was named chief design officer for Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. He reports directly to Chief Product Officer Kevin Eskridge.


The Netherlands-based Royal DSM has appointed John Witkowski president of DSM Biomedical where he will oversee the strategic development and execution of DSM Biomedical’s global activities.

The board of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Textiles Division has named Martin Böschen divisional president. Böschen is the CEO of Texaid AG, a Switzerland-based charity-private partnership focused on collecting, sorting and recycling used textiles.

Elevate Textiles, the newly formed company that integrates the International Textile Group and American & Efird under the leadership of Platinum Equity — has named Per-Olof Loof president and CEO.

The board of directors at Montreal-based Gildan Activewear Inc. approved the appointment of Donald C. Berg as chairman of the board. He succeeds William D. Anderson who is retiring, but was reelected to the board to support a seamless transition.

Stephen Nigro was named a strategic advisor to Israel-based Kornit Digital Ltd. and its board of directors. Nigro will be nominated for election to the board at the company’s August 2019 Shareholder Meeting.

Glenda E. Hood has joined the board of directors at Delta Apparel Inc., Greenville, S.C.


Gelest Inc., Morrisville, Pa., named Jim Whitlock to the newly created position of COO.

Israel-based My Size Inc. has announced the following executive level personnel changes: Billy Pardo was approved by the board of directors as COO; and Eli Turchinsky was named chief technology officer. Emily Tene also joined the company as sales manager, U.S., for the west coast.

Bridget Ryan Berman has joined the board of directors that oversees expansion and development for Atlanta-based Tegra, an apparel manufacturer and supply chain provider.


Dalton, Ga.-based Shaw Industries Group Inc. has promoted Tim Baucom to president.

Denver-based Johns Manville has named John Vasuta president of the company’s engineered products business.

At its recent international conference, the Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) presented Dr. Patrick Gruber the Henry E. Millson award for invention. He was recognized for his development of polylactic acid (PLA) fibers. AATCC also honored the following people with Future Leaders Awards: Meredith L. McQuerry; Ryan Stanley; Apurba Banerjee; Klarash Arangdad; Krystle Moody; and Heather Shields.

Eriez, Erie, Pa., promoted Ezio Viti to regional sales director for the Asia-Pacific Region.

NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., named Christine York program manager for its textile sustainability program.

May/June 2019