After a rigorous search process, the board of directors of the Washington-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has unanimously approved the appointment of Kimberly Glas as president and CEO effective April 29, 2019. She succeeds Augustine D. “Auggie” Tantillo who recently announced his retirement.
Glas brings more than 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy to her new role. She served as the deputy assistant secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama Administration, where she oversaw efforts to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel industries. Glas also worked closely with the United States Trade Representative, key agencies and Congress to advance various critical trade policy issues including changes to the CAFTA-DR agreement.
“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead NCTO and to work on behalf of this innovative industry,” Glas said. “I am grateful to Auggie for his leadership and all his support and friendship over the years, and am deeply appreciative to the NCTO membership for this incredible opportunity.”
Tantillo’s knowledge, built over a 38-year-career in the Washington policy arena most often while directly representing the textile industry, was a valuable asset to NCTO and the textile industry. “Due to his vast institutional knowledge and skill in navigating policy matters in Washington, Auggie will certainly be missed,” said NCTO Chairman Marty Moran. “On behalf of our entire membership, I want to express our gratitude to Auggie for his dedicated and important service to our industry.”
“It has been a tremendous privilege to represent an industry that has made such an enormous contribution to the U.S. economy and the U.S. workforce,” Tantillo said. “I will always be grateful for the confidence that the domestic textile sector has shown in me as the head of this important organization.”