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12th March 2019, Cary, NC

INDA welcomes new members to Board of Directors

INDA’s Board of Directors provides critical stewardship of the strategic affairs of the Association. © INDA

INDA’s Board of Directors provides critical stewardship of the strategic affairs of the Association. © INDA

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the election by membership of seven industry leaders to serve on its Board of Directors for a three-year term. These professionals represent a cross-section of INDA membership and bring a high level of expertise and perspective to the management of the association.

“These new Board Members will be tremendous resources for INDA as we further our mission to grow the nonwovens and engineered materials industry. This is a strong group of accomplished industry executives I look forward to working with,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.

Lewis Barnhardt, President and COO, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and operational roles within this privately held, family owned company. He oversees the operations and the distribution of Barnhardt’s products on six continents.

Philip Champagne, President, Groz-Beckert USA, is responsible for sales and technical developments for North, Central, and South America. Before stepping into the president’s role, he was responsible for sales and the manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada. Holding multiple degrees in Science, Engineering, and Business, he has more than 35 years of experience in the greater field of textiles and nonwovens.

Bryan Haynes, PhD, Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, holds 43 US patents and 13 trade secrets and is recognised for his career involvement and commitment in bringing innovative science-based polymer process approaches and process issues to the nonwovens industry.

Jeffrey S. Hurley, PhD, Vice President, Nice-Pak Products, is responsible for overall technical and innovation of nonwovens from supply partners through consumers. Hurley is also a member of Nice-Pak’s Operating Committee. His former roles include technical materials development and commercialisation, and business management with Buckeye Technologies and Hoechst Celanese.

Lynda Kelly, Senior Vice President – Care Business, Suominen Nonwovens, develops and executes strategies for the hygiene and medical business area for this global manufacturer. Prior to joining Suominen, she was with First Quality Nonwovens as the Global Director of Medical and Wipes responsible for the establishment of First Quality Nonwovens in the medical and wipes merchant market.

Chris Peart, President and CEO of the North American division of Tenowo, has more than 19 years’ experience in sales, product engineering, and business development within the nonwovens industry.

Finally, Tom Zaiser, CEO of FiberVisions, has over 35 years of experience in the chemical and fibres industries. Before FiberVisions, he worked in the pulp and paper industry, holding a number of senior positions within Hercules before joining FiberVisions in 2005 as President and General Manager of ES FiberVisions, a joint venture between FiberVisions and JNC of Japan in the area of bicomponent fibres.

INDA’s Board of Directors provides critical stewardship of the strategic affairs of the Association. The Board provides oversight of INDA’s finances and direction to its operating plans, as well as counsel to the President to organise and perform activities that contribute to the success of the nonwovens industry and its members.

Board responsibilities include formulating, reviewing, and approving the strategic plans, policies, programs, dues and operating procedures affecting the association’s 366 members. The 21-member board comprises elected Board Officers and the immediate Past Board Chair. One-third of the entire Board is elected each year for a three-year term by a majority vote of INDA’s general membership.

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