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New president at INDA

Organisation’s new strategic plan will build on its collaborative model to expand the nonwovens industry by reaching new markets.

1st June 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cary, NC, USA

Medical/Hygiene, Industrial

Tony Fragnito is to become president of INDA, the Cary, North Carolina-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, effective from May 31 2022.

Currently INDA’s chief operating officer, he will will assume the position currently held by Dave Rousse, who will become president emeritus and provide support and assistance until his full retirement in January 2023.

Fragnito joined INDA in November 2021 and has been leading the organisation’s implementation of its new strategic plan, as well as updating its technology platform. This follows his decades of leadership experience assisting trade and professional organisations in realising their organisational and operational potential. 

“Promoting Tony to president of INDA completes the transition plan put in place by the INDA board in 2021 to provide continuity through Dave’s impending retirement in the development and implementation of the new strategic plan,” said Bryan Haynes, INDA board chair and R&E technical director at Kimberly-Clark. “Dave has led INDA since 2012 and developed a successful, professional organisation that now needs to be taken to the next level through the new strategic plan.”

“It is an honour to be chosen to lead INDA during this important time for the industry,” said Fragnito.  “INDA board and membership, led by Dave Rousse, have demonstrated the industry’s growth potential and the innovation possible through strong collaboration.  It is my goal to continue this collaborative model, expand the industry by reaching new markets, and improve the systems, resources and technical content available to INDA staff and industry participants.”

“The INDA board has worked through a thoughtful and smooth transition plan, leveraging the new operational talents Tony brings to the organisation alongside the industry contacts and issue management experience I have developed over the last ten years,” said Rousse.  “I look forward to continuing to contribute as needed to Tony’s leadership of INDA.”

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