CARY - 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.
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 organize 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.
The new board includes:
Lewis Barnhardt, President and COO of Barnhardt Manufacturing Company - Lewis Barnhardt 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 of Groz-Beckert USA - Champagne 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, Ph.D., Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens, with Kimberly-Clark Corporation - Haynes holds 43 U.S. Patents and 13 Trade Secrets and is recognized for his career involvement and commitment in bringing innovative science-based polymer process approaches and process issues to the nonwovens industry.
Jeffrey S. Hurley, Ph.D. Vice President, Nice-Pak Products Inc. - Hurly 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 commercialization, and business management with Buckeye Technologies and Hoechst Celanese.
Lynda Kelly, Senior Vice President, Care Business, Suominen Nonwovens - Kelly 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/CEO of Tenowo, Inc., the North American division of Tenowo Gmbh. - Peart has more than 19 years’ experience in sales, product engineering, and business development within the nonwovens industry.
Tom Zaiser, CEO of FiberVisions - Zaiser has over 35 years of experience in the chemical and fibers industries. Before FiberVisions, he worked in the pulp and paper industry, holding a number of senior positions within Hercules Inc. before joining FiberVisions in 2005 as President & General Manager of ES FiberVisions, a 50/50 joint venture between FiberVisions and JNC of Japan in the area of bicomponent fibers.
“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.