Personalities (updated July 9, 2019 at 5.40 PM)

Diana Wyman selected by AATCC Board of Directors as new Executive Vice President

The Board of Directors for the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists announced today that Brian Francois, Executive Vice President for AATCC has decided to pursue another opportunity and will depart his current role effective July 26, 2019.  The Board of Directors has voted to promote Diana Wyman to the role of Executive Vice President.  Wyman currently serves as the Technical Director for AATCC.  Wyman brings a passion for AATCC, its members, and the textile industry into her new role having held previous positions within AATCC as well as industry. Wyman has a BA in Fashion Merchandising from Radford University, an MS in Textiles from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from Meredith College.

Diana Wyman, the new Executive Vice President for AATCC

About AATCC: AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

EDANA elects new Board

Michael Staal Axelsen nominated as board chair amid renewed strategic ambition

Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex) , the new Chairman of EDANA (caption courtesy by EDANA)

EDANA, the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has elected new Governors and a new team of Officers for 2019 – 2020. EDANA elects new Board accepted the nomination of Chairman Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex) and will be supported in the role by Vice-Chairs Omar Hoek (Ahlstrom-Munksjö, France) and David Lamb (Nonwovenn Ltd, UK). Paul Eevers’ (Unilever) position as Treasurer was also renewed. Announced at EDANA’s recent Annual Strategic Review and AGM in Vienna, the newly elected Board began their term on July 1st.

In addition to his long-standing support of the association as a board member, Mikael is a vocal participant in many of EDANA’s working groups, ever ready to facilitate constructive debate and garner support for EDANA’s growing range of initiatives. “This nomination is naturally an honour, but I take the true pleasure in collaborating with our members in their extensive and growing commitment to the evolution of our network” said Mr. Staal Axelsen. “At a time of rapid change and increased scrutiny on many fronts, it’s very encouraging to see such tangible momentum. My ongoing focus will be to ensure that these new frontiers are successfully crossed and that we maintain our strategic interests of stakeholder engagement, global outreach and sustainable growth.”

The following Governors were elected as new Board members:

•             Mr Michael Baumgartner, Managing Vice President Eurasia, Fitesa, DE

•             Mrs Christian Hassmann, Director of Global Filtration and Separation, Johns Manville, DE

•             Mr Petri Helsky, President & CEO, Suominen, Finland

•             Mrs Christine Lemoine, Tyvek® Global Technology Manager, DuPont, Luxembourg

•             Mr John McNabb, Chief Technology Officer, Freudenberg Performance Materials, DE

•             Mrs Elizabeth Metz, Vice President of Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark, USA

•             Mrs Kristin Olofsson, Innovation, Sustainability & CSR Director, Trioplast Group, Sweden

•             Mr Mark Thornton, Global Director of Materials, Procter & Gamble, DE

The team of Officers is reinforced by Executive Governors, co-opted by the Board: Mrs Patricia Featherstone, Director Marketing & Communications, RKW Hygiene & Industrial Division, Belgium (also Chair of the Nominating Committee), Åsa Johansson, Global Material Development Director for Personal Care, Essity, Sweden and Krzysztof Malowaniec, Senior Vice President, Paul Hartmann, DE.

A complete list of the EDANA Board of Governors is available on our website

EDANA helps its members to design their future, serving more than 250 companies in the nonwovens and related industries, across over 40 countries. Its mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue.

Personnel changes at BASF

Marc Ehrhardt

Dirk Elvermann (47), until April 2019 Member of the Board of Wintershall Holding GmbH, Finance, Sales and Commercial, Kassel, will assume, as President, the division Finance. As already announced, his predecessor Marc Ehrhardt (50) will assume responsibility for the establishment of the new division Global Business Services, effective September 1, 2019, and subsequently its leadership.

Dirk Elvermann

VF Corporation Appoints Denny Bruce as Dickies® Global Brand President

VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, today announced the appointment of Denny Bruce to the position of Global Brand President, Dickies®, effective July 1. He reports to Curt Holtz, Executive Vice President and Group President, Workwear.

Dickies® is an iconic brand that has stood alongside generations of proud workers, equipping them with tough, durable workwear that has enabled them to make and shape our world,” said Holtz. “At the same time, the brand’s heritage and authenticity has transcended the workwear category and elevated its cultural relevance as a lifestyle brand in markets around the world. As the brand enters a new phase of growth and expansion, Denny will bring together our international teams to drive a consistent global experience that engages consumers in new ways. We are highly confident in the prospects for this exciting brand and look forward to working with Denny as we pursue the many opportunities ahead.”

Denny Bruce

Bruce will be responsible for all aspects of the brand’sglobal operations and performance. He will ensure the brand continues delivering compelling products supported by experiential campaigns that drive consumer acquisition. He will oversee the brand’s wholesale and direct-to-consumer businesses, including a focus on Digital. Bruce will also be responsible for continually strengthening the Dickies® team and its capabilities to drive profitable growth through the activation of its strategic plan globally.

Prior to joining VF, Bruce was Executive Vice President of Sales, Product and Marketing at Traeger Pellet Grills. There, he and his team drove disruptive growth in a USD 10 billion industry and quadrupled the company’s revenue and earnings during a four-year period.

Before that, Bruce was part of the leadership team at Skullcandy where he was Vice President of Domestic Sales. Among his accomplishments, Bruce helped create an aspirational lifestyle brand while growing revenue to $300 million, leading to an initial public offering on Nasdaq. Bruce also held roles at Vans® and Burton Snowboards.

“I’m honoured to be joining VF and leading the Dickies® brand,” said Bruce. “Dickies® embodies a strong work ethic, a dedication to your craft and taking pride in the work as much as the finished product. I look forward to partnering with the global teams to leverage the brand’s well-earned reputation and consumer loyalty to advance the long-term vision and accelerate the global growth strategy.”

Philip Williamson, former CEO of Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., will move into a non-operating brand ambassador role, allowing him to lend his invaluable experience and knowledge of the Dickies®brand. Williamson will work closely with Bruce to advance the brand’s strategic initiatives.

VF acquired the Dickies®brand as part of its 2017 purchase of Williamson-Dickie and its portfolio of workwear brands. Of the 20 brands owned by VF, the Dickies®brand is the company’s fourth largest brand by revenue.

Dickies®, the world’s leading performance workwear brand, has provided workers with durable, functional and comfortable workwear since 1922, pioneering such iconic styles as the 874® work pant. A brand of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), the Dickies® brand portfolio continues to evolve and today includes modern apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and kids. The brand’s range of products are available in more than 100 countries, allowing individuals around the world to experience the performance of Dickies®.

VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic outdoor and activity-based lifestyle and workwear brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. VF is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for its customers and shareholders.