Molly Butterfoss named Creative Director at US Nylon

Molly Butterfoss has been named creative director of NYLON. Her appointment is immediate. Butterfoss will lead design for the print magazine as well as oversee visual continuity across Nylon’s digital, e-commerce, and social platforms.  She reports to Melissa Giannini, editor-in-chief of Nylon

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Butterfoss comes to Nylon from Pitchfork, where she led a Webby- and National Magazine Award-winning team as senior art director of The Pitchfork Review,Molly Butterfoss, festivals and events, as well as all sponsored projects. Prior to Pitchfork, she worked as a designer and interim creative director for The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and helmed several contracted projects for a variety of companies including Urban Outfitters and Nylon.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Molly to the Nylon team. Her depth of talent and experience across multiple platforms is a major asset in this ever-changing media landscape,” said Giannini. “As a former illustrator for the magazine, her grasp of Nylon’s unique visual identity is intuitive, her creative vision inspired.”

Nylon Media continues to expand, recently it was named the brand with the fastest growing average audience in magazine media, experiencing a 138 % change year over year that was over three times the second place brand’s figures reported by the MPA. In the past month, Nylon has added several more roles, including video editor Tina Vaden, digital market assistant Jenna Igneri, and digital design assistant Ricky Michiels.

Nylon LLC is a leading international provider of pop culture, beauty, music, and fashion content for today’s Millennial women with major digital, print, social, influencer, e-commerce, and live event assets. NYLON–launched in 1999 in New York (USA) has grown its dedicated cult following into a global multimedia audience. Nylon is backed by Los Angeles, CA-based Diversis Capital LLC, a North American private equity firm.   

Fashion Industry Expert Paul Rosengard to promote North American business of Anatwine

Anatwine, the global online fashion network,  announced on February 23, 2016, the appointment of Paul Rosengard as President of its North American business in support of its ongoing global expansion strategy


Rosengard comes to the role as a senior level fashion brand builder, having previously held leadership positions as Division President, Li & Fung USA, Group President at Perry Ellis International and, most recently, CEO of Boston Traders. Paul will be based in Anatwine’s newly opened New York City office, and will be responsible for accelerating Anatwine’s already significant global success into the North American market.

Since its foundation in 2014, Anatwine has seen dramatic growth worldwide and boasts a year on year revenue growth of 421 %. Moreover, the company possesses an impressive client portfolio of some of the world’s top fashion brands and retailers, including House of Fraser, Zalando, La Redoute, Galeries Lafayette, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Reebok, G-Star and Superdry.

The New York City office is Anatwine’s first international office beyond its UK headquarters.

Paul Rosengard commented, “Omnichannel shopping has meant that thePaul Rosengard quality of the overall customer experience, from online product availability to delivery, now dictates success or failure in online fashion retail. The seamless way in which Anatwine connects brands and retailers, allowing them to deliver the perfect stock mix to their customers, is nothing short of transformational and as a platform, a service and a network, it is the ultimate retail engine. I could not be more excited than to place the next phase of my career at the burgeoning intersection of technology and fashion. And I look forward to working with Anatwine’s global sales director Matthew Purt and to building a US team to launch this exciting online fashion network here in the U.S.”

Traditionally, retailers have been limited by budget and warehouse space to merchandise just a fraction of a brand’s product range that has been selected ahead of the season based on a forecasted wholesale buying model. Despite the advances in forecasting tools and the sophistication of retail buyers, the retailer’s brand stock mix is selected many months in advance thus cannot reflect the brand’s best selling products as the season unfolds. The result is often a limited and sub-optimal stock mix, lost revenue opportunities, a detriment to brand value, and ultimately an imperfect experience for consumers, retailers and brands.

There is a better alternative. Enabled by reliable, low cost logistics, Anatwine overcomes the constraints of this traditional forecasted buying model by connecting in real-time brands’ and retailers’ business systems through a single integration. Crucially, this enables the retailer to present the brand’s optimal stock mix to its customers at all times and allows the brand to fulfil the retailer’s online orders within the boundaries of the retailer’s guidelines.  Every customer touch point, from digital content to delivery and returns is identical, creating a consistent and guaranteed customer experience irrespective of whether an order is fulfilled from a retailer’s or brand’s warehouse.

The opening of the New York City office will allow Anatwine to extend its offering of the perfect stock mix to more North American based retailers and brands, and also enable Anatwine’s existing worldwide clients the ability to gain major traction in the American market.

Chris Griffin, Founder and CEO, added, “Paul is one of the most respected and well-connected leaders in the US fashion market and we are very pleased that he will be joining the Anatwine team to head up our North American offering. We are very proud of our success in such a short period of time; a result of a very clear business focus and hard work. However, our ambition is to fundamentally transform the fashion retail model across the world, and in this regard North America is a market of significant importance.”

New member of US Nordstrom Board Of Directors

Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. announced the appointment of Brad Tilden, chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, to the company’s board of directors. The addition of Mr. Tilden, a highly respected business and community leader from Seattle, brings the total number of directors to 16, of whom 13 are independent directors. Nordstrom directors serve one-year terms and the company requires annual elections of all board members. Tilden will join the Audit and Finance Committees

Brad TildenTilden was named Chairman of Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air (subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group) in January 2014. In 2012 Tilden was named CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group and has served as president of Alaska Airlines since December 2008. Mr. Tilden served as chief financial officer from 2000 – 2008 and executive vice president of finance from 2002 to 2008.  Before joining Alaska Air Group, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

“We’re fortunate to add a leader with Brad’s depth of knowledge guiding a company consistently recognized for its customer service and financial strength to our board of directors,” said Enrique Hernandez, Jr., Chairman of the board of directors for Nordstrom. “We’re delighted to have Brad join our outstanding board of directors and add his insights as we work to further improve the service experience we offer customers.”

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its five clubhouses.

U.S. Aurora Specialty Textile names Vice President

Aurora Specialty Textile Group, Inc. (ASTG) has promoted Marcia Ayala from Vice President of Research & Development to Vice President. The promotion reflects the expanding role that Ayala has played over the past two years as ASTG has invested in new manufacturing facilities and developed new products for existing and new markets

Marcia Ayala 1 (2)In her new role, Ayala’s primary responsibilities include product development and quality, as well as new business development and expanded operational responsibilities.  She will also continue to manage the company’s R&D department.

Ayala has been with ASTG since 2006. She was hired as Director of Research and Development. In this capacity, she and her team have worked closely with customers developing new products. In 2014 her role expanded to include new business development and that year she was promoted to Vice President Research & Development. The current promotion to Vice President reflects her capabilities in this capacity and expanded responsibilities across other operational areas at ASTG.

“Marcia’s span of influence cuts across almost every function with the company,” said Dan LaTurno, President of ASTG. “As such her new title should represent a broader, more influential one.  Spanning ten years of service with Aurora, Marcia has shown a remarkable ability to learn and grow as well as effectively manage those who report to her.”

Ayala has both BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering, and she earned an MBA from Georgia State University.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

New CFO of Lenzing AG takes up his duties

Thomas Obendrauf MBA started work as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Lenzing AG on March 1, 2016. Accordingly, he completes the three-member Management Board of the world’s leadeing fiber producer, which also includes CEO Stefan Doboczky and CCO Robert van de Kerkhof.

Born in Styria, Austria, Thomas Obendrauf studied commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and at Chicago University, where he acquired an MBA. He also qualified as a tax consultant in Austria and as a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S.

Thomas Obendrauf Lenzing CFOThomas Obendrauf previously served as CFO of the car dealership Wiesenthal Autohandels AG, and also worked for twelve years as CFO and in other management positions with circuit board manufacturer AT&S AG. On top of his outstanding financial know-how, he gained comprehensive expertise in innovation management in the U.S. As a proven expert on Asia, Thomas Obendrauf also brings to his new job many years of operational management experience in developing and  optimizing sustainable business relationships in the Far East.

“We are pleased to have a recognized financial expert on the Management Board team,” says Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky. “In addition, the Lenzing Group can benefit greatly from his extensive expertise on Asia.”

Commenting on his appointment to the Management Board of Lenzing AG, Thomas Obendrauf stated, “I have been able to obtain a good overview of Lenzing AG over the past few months. I am very excited about serving in this highly responsible position as CFO of an innovative company like Lenzing AG.”

Huntsman names new President of Advanced Materials Division

Huntsman Corporation announced on March 2, 2016 that Scott Wright will succeed James Huntsman as President of Huntsman’s Advanced Materials division, effective June 1, 2016

Huntsman names new President of Advanced Materials Division

Huntsman Corporation announced on March 2, 2016 that Scott Wright will succeed James Huntsman as President of Huntsman’s Advanced Materials division, effective June 1, 2016Scott Wright

Most recently Vice President-Europe for Huntsman’s Advanced Materials division, a position to which he was appointed in 2011, Wright joined Huntsman in 1999 with the acquisition of ICI.  He spent 15 years in Huntsman’s Pigments division in a number of roles of increasing responsibility – including product development, business planning, marketing and sales – before moving into Advanced Materials in 2011.

After 23 years with Huntsman Corporation, James Huntsman has elected to step down as President of Advanced Materials division to pursue personal interests.  He joined the corporation in 1990 and held a series of increasingly responsible manufacturing and commercial roles, including Vice President, US Base Chemicals. In 2009, he joined the Advanced Materials division as Vice President-Americas Region, and was named division President in 2011.

Huntsman President and CEO Peter Huntsman said: “I am very pleased that Scott Wright has accepted the lead role in our Advanced Materials division.  I am confident he will lead that business to new levels of success.”

Avery Dennison Materials Group names new global vice president of R&D

Avery Dennison Corporation announced on March 1, 2016, the appointment of Hassan Rmaile as the global vice president of R&D for its Materials Group effective immediately. He replaces Sjaak Elmendorp, who will be retiring from the company after 22 years of valued service.

Hassan RmaileAs global VP for R&D, Rmaile will oversee the Materials Group’s extensive global R&D network and focus on identifying new, disruptive applications while continuing to grow the performance and cost attractiveness of the core business.

Rmaile is joining Avery Dennison from St. Paul, Minnesota-based H.B. Fuller Company, a global industrial adhesives manufacturer, where he served as vice president, chief technology and innovation officer. Prior to joining H.B. Fuller, Rmaile held roles of increasing commercial and innovation leadership at Ashland Incorporated, a specialty chemical company.

“Hassan brings a strong track record of global R&D leadership and proven success in the commercialization of new technologies and products while enhancing overall profitability for the business,” said Georges Gravanis, president, Avery Dennison Materials Group. “He is an experienced global innovation leader in multiple sectors of the specialty chemicals market.”

Rmaile earned his PhD in chemistry from Florida State University, an MBA in finance from the University of Delaware and graduated with a BS in Chemistry from American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

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