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Board of Directors

INDA’s Board of Directors


Christopher Astley

Christopher Astley, Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, Glatfelter – Chair, INDA

Mr. Astley is President-Advanced Airlaid Materials for Glatfelter, a $1.7 billion NYSE-listed global producer of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials.

Mr. Astley joined Glatfelter in August 2010 as Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and was later promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, in January 2014.

Before joining Glatfelter, he was an entrepreneur leading a privately held business from 2004 until 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Astley held positions with Accenture, a global management consulting firm, and The Coca-Cola Company.

Mr. Astley obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina.

Glatfelter
Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, offering innovation, world-class service and over a century and a half of technical expertise. Headquartered in York, PA, the company serves customers in over 100 countries. U.S. operations include facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and sales and distribution offices in China and Russia. Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.7 billion annually and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT.


Bryan Haynes

Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation – Vice Chair of Planning, INDA

Dr. Haynes received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. During his graduate studies Dr. Haynes specialized in the aerodynamics and polymer processing of the meltblowing process which was funded by Exxon Chemical Company. He taught full time in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prior to joining Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a Research Scientist in 1992. While working at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dr. Haynes has held various positions in research and engineering including an assignment at the Lexington Mill in North Carolina serving as the Technical Team Manager. Dr. Haynes has published several papers and has obtained 44 U.S. Patents and 16 Trade Secrets during his Kimberly-Clark career.

He currently holds the position of Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens. Prior to his current role he served as the Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens where his team was responsible for the front-end innovation portfolio and prototyping capabilities including the pilot facilities supporting Kimberly-Clark’s various businesses. Dr. Haynes has received several awards including the Kimberly-Clark Technical Excellence Award, the 2012 Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers, and most recently he received the 2017 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Tennessee in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering. He serves on several Industrial Advisory Boards including Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia; and the Nonwovens Institute at N.C. State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Georgia FIRST which is a non-profit organization that supports STEM programs in Georgia.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
With more than 144 years of innovation, Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust K-C’s brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in 80 countries.


Wendy S. Warner, Ph.D., President, Personal Care at Jacob Holm Industries – Vice Chair of Finance, INDA

Dr. Warner is currently President of the Personal Care Business, Consumer Wipes & Hygiene, for Jacob Holm Industries, a leading innovator of spunlace nonwoven fabrics with production facilities, sales and service support globally.


Prior to joining Jacob Holm approximately year ago, Wendy spent 19 years with Polymer Group Incorporated, now Berry Global. Wendy started her nonwovens career in sales and progressed into successive leadership roles including New Business Development Director, Global Corporate Research & Development Senior Director, and then Vice President of Global Specialties. In 2018, Wendy was honored by Plastic News Women Breaking the Mold for her contributions to the industry.

Jacob Holm Group
Jacob Holm Group is a leading innovator of spunlace nonwoven fabrics and finished goods. Founded in 1794, the company has production facilities and sales offices in all major world geographies serving customers under the Jacob Holm and Sontara brands in the Hygiene, Consumer Wipes, Dispersible Wipes, Industrial Wipes, Beauty Care and Health Care markets.


Todd Bassett, Managing Director, Fi-Tech, Inc. – Past Chairman, INDA

Mr. Bassett isManaging Director with Fi-Tech, Inc, a Manufacturer’s Rep Agency serving the nonwovens and synthetic fibers industries. He has been with Fi-Tech for 25 years and is currently the Past Chairman, INDA.

Fi-Tech Inc.
Fi-Tech sells machinery and process components to the Nonwovens Industry and serves the North American Market through offices in Richmond, VA and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


Richard Altice, President & Chief Executive Officer, NatureWorks

Mr. Altice is the Chief Executive Officer and President of NatureWorks, an advanced materials company using plants to turn greenhouse gases like CO2 into the biopolymer called Ingeo which is used in nonwovens and other products. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and President of Designed Structures and Solutions at PolyOne Corporation and held the Vice President role of Hexion’s global specialty epoxy business focused on coatings and composites. Mr. Altice has an engineering background with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

NatureWorks
NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals. With performance and economics that compete with oil-based materials, naturally advanced Ingeo™ biomaterials are valued for their unique functional properties and used in products from nonwovens, coffee capsules and appliances to tea bags and 3D printing filament. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest ASEAN leading integrated petrochemical and refining company, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. natureworksllc.com; follow NatureWorks on Twitter @natureworks


Lewis Barnhardt

Lewis Barnhardt, President/COO, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company

Mr. Barnhardt serves as President / Chief Operating Officer for Barnhardt Manufacturing Company. Over his 30-year career with Barnhardt, he has held a variety of commercial and operational roles to lead the company to its market leadership today.

Barnhardt Manufacturing Company
Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, a privately held, family owned business, was founded in 1900 by Thomas M. Barnhardt. With corporate headquarters in Charlotte, NC, the Company has additional facilities in Mount Airy, NC, Kinston, NC, Dalton, GA, Griswoldville, MA, Clearfield, UT and Reno, NV. Its products are distributed on six of the seven continents.


Philip Champagne, President, Groz-Beckert USA, Inc.

Mr. Champagne is President of Groz-Beckert USA responsible for all sales and technical developments for North, Central and South America. He has 38 years of experience in the field of textiles. Prior to his current position Mr. Champagne was responsible for Groz-Beckert’s sales and manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada. He holds multiple degrees in Science, Engineering and Business.



Groz-Beckert
Groz-Beckert is the world’s leading provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools, as well as systems and services for the production and joining of textile fabrics. All around the world, our products and services support the textile processes of knitting, weaving, felting, tufting, carding and sewing.

Our family-owned company operates production sites in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Portugal, the USA, India, China, and Vietnam. Numerous sales affiliates and sales partners complement our international presence with sales to over 150 countries.


Tonny de Beer, Chief Product & Technology Officer, PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o

Tonny de Beer is the Chief Product & Technology Officer at PFNonwovens. He is responsible for the development and commercialization of nonwoven fabrics for hygiene, medical and wipes applications. He has been with PFN since November 2018. Prior to that, he spent his career with the Procter & Gamble Company.


PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o
PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o is a global company that was formed out of the merger by R2G, a Czech Family Wealth management firm of Pegas and First Quality’s Nonwoven division in 2018. PFN develops and supplies innovative nonwoven fabrics and engineered textiles to the hygiene, medical, wipes and agricultural industries. PFN is one of the largest nonwoven companies in the world with manufacturing sites in Pennsylvania, The Czech Republic, Egypt, and South Africa. 


Ashish Diwanji, Ph.D., President, Lydall Performance Materials, Inc.

Ashish Diwanji, Ph.D., is the President of Lydall’s Performance Materials segment since Q2 2020. The Performance Materials business is a leader in delivering innovative filtration, sealing, and advanced material solutions for demanding applications to enable a cleaner, healthier and more energy efficient world. Previously, he served as Lydall’s Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Technology Officer, focusing on advancing product-line rationalization and maximizing strategic technological development across the three business segments.   Prior to joining Lydall, Dr. Diwanji led the product investment strategy and was the Chief Technology Officer for the Consumer Solutions division of U.S. Steel. Before joining U.S. Steel, he spent nearly 20 years at Owens Corning. His last role was Vice President of Innovations for their composites business, where he focused on commercializing specialty materials, including glass nonwovens, into engineered solutions for varied end-market applications.

He earned his Bachelor of Technology degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Delaware, where he earned both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science.

Lydall Performance Materials, Inc.
Lydall, Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange listed company, headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut with global manufacturing operations producing specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets.


Lee Ellen Drechsler, Senior Vice President Corporate R&D, The Procter & Gamble Co.

Ms. Drechsler’s career at Procter & Gamble has included technical leadership roles across Beauty Care, Baby Care and Corporate R&D, with responsibilities from upstream Disruptive Innovation to downstream Product Supply.  She leads Corporate Transformative Platform Technology (TPT), Global Packaging, Process and Open Innovation Disciplines, and Glad JV organizations with a mission to continue building P&G’s long-held reputation as a world leader of growth driven by innovation.  She is accelerating the way P&G delivers game-changing and sustainable products, packages, and services, leveraging early in-market learning as well as collaborations with strong academic business partners.

The Procter & Gamble Co.
P&G is an American multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, founded in 1837 by William Procter and James Gamble.  The company operates through six industry-based Sector Business Units or SBUs: Fabric and Home Care, Baby and Feminine Care, Family Care and P&G Ventures, Beauty, Grooming, and Health Care.  We manage our 10 product categories within these SBUs.


Oscar Fontalvo, President NA, Fibertex Nonwovens

Mr. Fontalvo received a BA in Textile Technology and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.  He has over 20 years’ experience working in the nonwovens industry in North America primarily in the marketing and sales arenas.  Ten of those years were with Freudenberg Nonwovens, supplemented by time with Avgol and Jacob-Holm prior to his joining Fibertex Nonwovens three years ago.  He is currently responsible for the sales and operations of the two North American Fibertex Nonwovens plants, one in Ingleside, IL and one in Gray Court, SC.

Fibertex Nonwovens, LLC
Fibertex Nonwovens is the leading global partner in technical and innovative performance –based material and nonwovens solutions. Fibertex is wholly-owned by Schouw & Co, and is headquartered in Aalborg, DK where the business was founded in 1968. We have production facilities in Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Turkey USA, South Africa and Brazil as well as 13 sales offices serving more than 70 countries. Fibertex has more than 1000 employees.


John Iarocci, Senior Director, Pipeline Strategy, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.

Mr. Iarocci is Senior Director for Nice-Pak Products, in charge of new product innovation. He has been with Nice-Pak since 2008 where he held various roles in Quality, Project Management and R&D. Prior to Nice-Pak he worked in vaccine manufacturing at Wyeth Biotech. Mr. Iarocci obtained a Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Master of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.


Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
Nice-Pak is a family-owned global business that has pioneered wet wipes for nearly 60 years since our founder Arthur Julius invented the world’s first disposable wet napkin: Wet-Nap®. Today, Nice-Pak is the world’s leading producer of wet wipes, developing hundreds of products for the consumer, foodservice, healthcare and other commercial markets to help families live cleaner, healthier lives.


Lynda Kelly

Lynda Kelly, Senior Vice President – Care Business, Suominen Nonwovens

Ms. Kelly is the Senior Vice President of the Care business for Suominen Nonwovens responsible for the development and execution of the strategy for the hygiene and medical business area. She has extensive experience in global nonwovens organizations implementing sales, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Suominen, she was at 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. Prior to joining First Quality, she was a Business Unit Manager for Medical & Consumer Fabrics for BBA Nonwovens/Veratec/International Paper. She is currently an advisory board member for a hygiene start up called ATTN:Grace. A member of the prestigious Boston Club, for recognizing women leaders in business and community.

Suominen
Suominen manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes as well as for medical and hygiene products (Care business area). The end products made of Suominen’s nonwovens – wet wipes, feminine care products and swabs, for instance – bring added value to the daily life of consumers worldwide. Suominen is the global market leader in nonwovens for wipes and employs over 650 people in Europe and in the Americas. Suominen’s net sales in 2017 amounted to EUR 426.0 million and operating profit to EUR 15.0 million. The Suominen share (SUY1V) is listed in Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange (Mid Cap).


Barbara Lawless, Business Director, Nonwoven Medical Fabrics, Precision Fabrics Group, Inc.

Ms. Lawless is the Nonwoven Medical Business Director for Precision Fabrics Group.  She has been with PFG for over 29 years, beginning her career in product development.  As the business director, Ms. Lawless is responsible for sales, marketing and new product development for single-use nonwoven medical fabrics.


Precision Fabrics Group, Inc. Precision Fabrics Group is a global innovator of engineered materials & technical fabrics, providing both woven and nonwoven solutions across diverse, high-performance industries, such as aerospace, military, medical, protective garments, automotive, and many more.   PFG has three manufacturing locations – Vinton, VA, Greensboro, NC and Madison, TN, with corporate offices in Greensboro.


Noah Nichols, Vice President Supply Chain, Propex Geosolutions

Mr. Nichols is VP of Supply Chain for Propex Geosolutions with responsibilities for global sourcing, planning & scheduling, customer service, logistics and key account management for the geosynthetic and automotive market segments.  He has been with Propex Operating Company, LLC since 1996 where he started after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology, BSISYE.

Propex Geosolutions
Propex Geosolutions is a Chattanooga, TN based company that provides products and solutions to improve the efficiency, cost and longevity for civil infrastructure, environmental containment and slope stabilization construction projects.


Chris Peart, President/CEO, Tenowo, Inc.

Mr. Peart is the President and CEO of Tenowo, Inc., which is the North American division of Tenowo GmbH. He has been with Tenowo for three years and has worked in sales, product engineering and business development within the nonwovens industry over 19 years.



Tenowo
With sites in Europe, North America and Asia, Tenowo GmbH is a market leader in the development and manufacture of innovative technical textile products and nonwovens. Globally, Tenowo has become one of the leading suppliers of technical nonwovens for the automotive industry, as well as other industrial applications. For more than a quarter of a century, Tenowo Inc. has produced innovative nonwovens in Lincolnton, North Carolina. With an emphasis on individualized solutions for customers, you can find Tenowo nonwovens in nearly all cars manufactured in the North American market.


Rob Stollar, Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Spuntech Industries Inc.

Mr. Stollar is the Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NR Spuntech, a global spunlace/hydroentangled producer with headquarters in Israel and locations in the US.  Spuntech is a global supplier of spunlace serving the US, EU, Central South America and the Asian markets. He has a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and an undergraduate degree from Salem International University.  Mr. Stollar has been working for Spuntech since 2008. Prior to Spuntech he was with Vita Nonwovens. 

Spuntech Industries
Spuntech Industries was founded in 1996 in Tiberias, Israel, and is currently traded on the Tel Aviv stock exchange. Spuntech is a dynamic developer, manufacturer and supplier of spunlace hydroentangled fabrics.  Spuntech operates five state-of-the-art production lines, each with its own unique capabilities, enabling them to meet an expansive range of customer needs.  Throughout its 20 years of successful operation, Spuntech has combined cutting edge equipment with proprietary IP technology and knowledge, acquired through highly skilled teams of engineers and technicians in 3 production sites across the world.


David K. Smith, Senior Vice President Engineered Performance Products Autovation, Milliken & Company

David Smith is Senior Vice President of the Textile Division at Milliken & Company, headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He leads a large and diverse global business team with P&L and functional responsibilities including sales, marketing, finance and research and development.  In his current role, he is responsible for Milliken’s global industrial business which serves the Automotive, Bedding, Building and Construction, Tape, Tire and Mechanical Rubber Goods, Cable Management and Specialty Industrial markets.

Mr. Smith has more than 40 years of experience at Milliken, where he’s held positions in manufacturing, accounting, sales, marketing, strategy development and execution. 

Milliken & Company
Milliken & Company has been solving everyday problems with innovative solutions for more than 155 years.  Our research, design, and manufacturing expertise reaches across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemicals, floor covering, healthcare, and performance and protective textiles.  An unwavering commitment to ethics guides our work to redefine how we add strength and protection to products, how we infuse vibrancy and color into our surroundings, and how we care for the environment.  For us, success is when discoveries made within Milliken help us all have more meaningful connections with the world.


Mike Tuck, VP Global Product Supply, Procurement, and Manufacturing, Owens and Minor Products Div.

Mr. Tuck joined Kimberly-Clark in 1994 and was with the company through the transition to Halyard Health, now part of Owens and Minor.  He is responsible for leading global manufacturing, sourcing, procurement, and contract manufacturing for Owens and Minor’s Products Division. He also leads the Shanghai contract manufacturing, sourcing, and procurement team that leverages Owens and Minor’s vertical integration to serve our customers worldwide through the HALYARD* and MediChoice® brands.  In total, Mr. Tuck leads a team of over 13,000 medical device product supply professionals that are focused on savings lives every day.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida with a Minor in Business.  He recently completed the General Management Program at Wharton Business school with a focus in Finance. Mr. Tuck is a Master Trainer of Culture of Accountability and has personally trained over 5,000 people on that program.

Owens & Minor
Halyard, now part of the Owens & Minor family, is focused on advancing health and healthcare by delivering clinically-superior infection prevention and surgical solutions. Halyard sells its recognized sterilization wrap, facial protection, gloves, protective apparel, surgical drapes and gowns in more than 100 countries, and holds leading market positions across the portfolio. Formerly part of Kimberly-Clark, Halyard Health became an independent company headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia on November 1, 2014. Halyard operates 11 global manufacturing facilities with 12,700 employees worldwide – generating approximately $1.6 billion in net revenues.


Robert Weilminster, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Hygiene – US & Canada, Berry Global

Mr. Weilminster is the EVP and General Manager, Hygiene – US & Canada for the Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division of Berry Global.  He has been with Berry Global since 1994, serving in leadership roles across Sales and Marketing, Finance, Corporate Development and Operations.  Prior to Berry Global, he was CFO of Poly-Seal Corporation.  Mr. Weilminster is a graduate of Loyola University, Maryland.

Berry Global
Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY), headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, is committed to its mission of ‘Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important,’ and proudly partners with its customers to provide them with value-added protective solutions that are increasingly light-weighted and easier to recycle or reuse.  The Company is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative rigid, flexible, and nonwoven products used every day within consumer and industrial end markets.  Berry, a Fortune 500 company, has over 47,000 employees and generated over $11.7 billion of net sales in fiscal 2020 from operations that span 295 locations on six continents.  For additional information, visit Berry’s website at berryglobal.com.


Lee West, Group VP, Global Operations, Attindas

Mr. West is Group VP of Supply Chain and Product Design for Attindas and a member of their Global Leadership Team with responsibilities for Global Supply Chain, Global Product Design, Global Procurement, Information Technology, Business Intelligence and Digital Services.  He has been with Attindas since 2006.


Attindas
Attindas was created in 2011 with the purchase of Attends Healthcare, and has since grown through multiple strategic acquisitions and investments. Today, Attindas is a leading manufacturer of high-quality and innovative absorbent hygiene products with four manufacturing plants that serve customers primarily in North America and Europe.  Each year DPC manufactures and ships millions of products for adults, babies and children that help improve their quality of life.


Mike White, Senior Market Manager for Adhesives, Healthcare and Hygiene, Dow

Mr. White leads marketing efforts for Adhesives, Healthcare and Hygiene within Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics business, which focuses on the development of new polyethylene resins and adhesives intended for these markets. He has been with Dow for more than 20 years serving spanning multiple commercial and technical functions, and a covering range of markets including rigid and flexible packaging, photovoltaics, consumer durables, mobility, adhesives, healthcare and hygiene.


Dow
Founded in 1897, Dow has a long history of innovation in chemicals, plastics, silicones and other materials essential to human progress. Dow is focused on becoming the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. 


Jon Woods, General Manager, Textiles and Nonwovens, Eastman Chemical Company

Mr. Woods is the General Manager of Eastman’s Textiles and Nonwovens business and is based at Eastman’s headquarters in Kingsport, Tennessee. He assumed this position in May of 2017. He joined Eastman in 1989 and has held a number of different positions in technology, corporate strategy, innovation, and business leadership.  Mr. Woods has previously served on INDA’s Board from 2015-2017. He holds a BS and MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.  In 2013, the company launched the revolutionary Eastman Cyphrex™ Microfibers for the nonwovens industry.


INDA’s Executive Committee


Christopher Astley

Christopher Astley, Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, Glatfelter – Chair, INDA

Mr. Astley is President-Advanced Airlaid Materials for Glatfelter, a $1.7 billion NYSE-listed global producer of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials.

Mr. Astley joined Glatfelter in August 2010 as Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and was later promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, in January 2014.

Before joining Glatfelter, he was an entrepreneur leading a privately held business from 2004 until 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Astley held positions with Accenture, a global management consulting firm, and The Coca-Cola Company.

Mr. Astley obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina.

Glatfelter
Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, offering innovation, world-class service and over a century and a half of technical expertise. Headquartered in York, PA, the company serves customers in over 100 countries. U.S. operations include facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and sales and distribution offices in China and Russia. Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.7 billion annually and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT.


Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation – Vice Chair of Planning, INDA

Dr. Haynes received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. During his graduate studies Dr. Haynes specialized in the aerodynamics and polymer processing of the meltblowing process which was funded by Exxon Chemical Company. He taught full time in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prior to joining Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a Research Scientist in 1992. While working at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dr. Haynes has held various positions in research and engineering including an assignment at the Lexington Mill in North Carolina serving as the Technical Team Manager. Dr. Haynes has published several papers and has obtained 44 U.S. Patents and 16 Trade Secrets during his Kimberly-Clark career.

He currently holds the position of Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens. Prior to his current role he served as the Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens where his team was responsible for the front-end innovation portfolio and prototyping capabilities including the pilot facilities supporting Kimberly-Clark’s various businesses. Dr. Haynes has received several awards including the Kimberly-Clark Technical Excellence Award, the 2012 Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers, and most recently he received the 2017 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Tennessee in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering. He serves on several Industrial Advisory Boards including Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia; and the Nonwovens Institute at N.C. State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Georgia FIRST which is a non-profit organization that supports STEM programs in Georgia.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
With more than 144 years of innovation, Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust K-C’s brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in 80 countries.


Wendy S. Warner, Ph.D., President, Personal Care at Jacob Holm Industries – Vice Chair of Finance, INDA

Dr. Warner is currently President of the Personal Care Business, Consumer Wipes & Hygiene, for Jacob Holm Industries, a leading innovator of spunlace nonwoven fabrics with production facilities, sales and service support globally.


Prior to joining Jacob Holm approximately year ago, Wendy spent 19 years with Polymer Group Incorporated, now Berry Global. Wendy started her nonwovens career in sales and progressed into successive leadership roles including New Business Development Director, Global Corporate Research & Development Senior Director, and then Vice President of Global Specialties. In 2018, Wendy was honored by Plastic News Women Breaking the Mold for her contributions to the industry.

Jacob Holm Group
Jacob Holm Group is a leading innovator of spunlace nonwoven fabrics and finished goods. Founded in 1794, the company has production facilities and sales offices in all major world geographies serving customers under the Jacob Holm and Sontara brands in the Hygiene, Consumer Wipes, Dispersible Wipes, Industrial Wipes, Beauty Care and Health Care markets.


Todd Bassett, Managing Director, Fi-Tech, Inc. – Past Chairman, INDA

Mr. Bassett is Managing Director with Fi-Tech, Inc, a Manufacturer’s Rep Agency serving the Nonwovens and Synthetic Fibers Industries. He has been with Fi-Tech for 25 years and is currently the Past Chairman, INDA.

Fi-Tech Inc.
Fi-Tech sells machinery and process components to the Nonwovens Industry and serves the North American Market through offices in Richmond, VA and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


Paul Latten, Director of Research & Development & New Business, Southeast Nonwovens, Inc. – Executive Committee Appointee

Paul Latten is Director of Research & Development at Southeast Nonwovens, Inc.  He brings to this role 25+ years’ experience in the synthetic fiber and polymer industry working in research & development, manufacturing, business analysis, sales, business development and P&L leadership.  He has had senior leadership roles at Invista, Consolidated Fibers and Basofil LLC.  He has also been a strong supporter of INDA and served as Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2010.  An inventor with four patents, Mr. Latten is magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University in the department of Textile Engineering and Science.

Southeast Nonwovens
Southeast Nonwovens is a privately held company with a 21-year history as a leading provider of independent, innovative and discreet contract research and development services for the nonwovens and paper industries. We also provide contract manufacturing and converting for small scale and specialized nonwovens. Our materials and polymer science experience has served customers across a range of industries – including hygiene, medical, insulation, filtration, battery separator, automotive, aviation, composites, building products, agriculture and more.


Homer Swei, Associate Director, Product Stewardship, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. – Executive Committee Appointee

Mr. Swei has worked with Johnson & Johnson for 34 years in various roles from polymer research to many different technology and product development positions across the different consumer businesses. He currently is Associate Director, Product Stewardship, where he is responsible to bring in new technology and innovations for use in Johnson & Johnson’s product lines, including baby and adult wipes, hygiene products, and wound management products.


Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson is a multinational medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886.


Tom Zaiser

Tom Zaiser, CEO, FiberVisions – Executive Committee Appointee

Mr. Zaiser is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Delaware with more than 35 years of experience in the Chemical Industry. Mr. Zaiser began his career with Hercules Incorporated in the Pulp & Paper Industry, holding a number of senior positions within Hercules 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. Mr. Zaiser was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of FiberVisions after it was acquired by Indorama Ventures PCL in 2012. Since 2014, Mr. Zaiser has served as the CEO of FiberVisions and the COO of ES FiberVisions.

FiberVisions
FiberVisions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, and is the global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing polypropylene staple fibers for the Hygiene industry. ES FiberVisions, a joint venture with Japanese company JNC, is the world’s leading supplier of polyolefin bicomponent fibers. FiberVisions operates plants in the US, Denmark, and China; while ES FiberVisions operates plants in China and Thailand and is supported by additional JNC plants in China and Japan. FiberVisions has been in the synthetic fibers business for more than 50 years and prides itself on using proprietary technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to supply innovative products to customers in industries such as hygiene, textiles, automotive and construction.

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