Jan O’Regan

Lifetime Service Award



Tony Fragnito, INDA President, presents the 2023 INDA Lifetime Service Award to Jan O’Regan, Principal, O’Regan Consulting.


  • Built new business in global markets from ground up including market analysis, technical development, market appeal, strategy and communications. Achieved market share of more than 10% in 15 years.
  • Led product line extensions beyond core technology for multiple companies. Results led to acquisitions.
  • Developed and implemented first global branding strategy through collaboration with international marketing team.
  • Established marketing programs that 15 years later are still utilized.
  • Developed global distribution partnerships for small start-up, opening doors for international as well as domestic market expansion.
  • Promoted nonwovens industry development through leadership of INDA World of Wipes committee for 5 years, participation on several other conference planning committees and sharing research findings at conferences.
  • Supported the Nonwovens Institute through participation as an industrial advisor and executive board member.


O’REGAN CONSULTING, Chapel Hill, NC 2022 – Present

  • Guiding strategic and business development planning across diverse service and manufacturing industries.

Global, non-profit organization dedicated to research and marketing across all aspects of cotton from seeds through sustainability.

Director, Nonwovens Marketing:

  • Led technical, marketing and economic analysis to justify the opportunity for cotton in the nonwovens market.
  • Conducted market and technical analyses to introduce the value of cotton in wet wipes to supply chain partners around the world.
  • Expanded cotton in nonwovens beyond wipes feminine hygiene, baby diapers, adult care and skin care applications with partner companies in the US, Europe, Asia and South America.
  • Grew to more than 10% market share of global staple fiber nonwovens business over 15 years.
  • Partnered in innovation development with several global market leaders in baby care products.
  • Led innovation team in developing 3D printed and injection molded products containing cotton.
  • Spoke at conferences & trade shows 4 – 5 times per year, sharing new research findings.
  • Led World of Wipes Conference committee in program development and execution for 5 years.

Technology start-up at NC State commercializing imaging technology for quality control and product development of
nonwoven textiles.

Consultant on Commercialization Project: 10 months

  • Project: Develop a plan for commercializing new technology
  • Result: Through leveraging industry partnerships with companies specialized in equipment for R&D and production, 6 technology suppliers, domestic and global, sought to provide market distribution for Allasso’s imaging technology.

Joint equity company owned by Corning Incorporated and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. A leader in the development and manufacture of Selective Catalytic Reduction material for control of nitrogen oxides from power plants, refineries and other stationary sources.

Senior Market Research Analyst

  • Launched marketing systems for an engineering driven organization.
  • Market analysis: Developed databases for quantitatively measuring and tracking volume potential and share in key business segments.
  • Research: Provided research for strategic planning, new business development and sales strategies.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Led Customer Satisfaction Survey team. Results became the basis for managerial goals and objectives.


  • Standardized company image and rolled out unified image and communications programs to build awareness and recognition.
  • Coordinated development of B2B marketing communications.
  • Lead participation in trade shows, conferences and user groups, 24 per year.


Marketing Director, Durham, NC

  • Global Marketing:
  • Collaborated with European and Asian colleagues to develop company’s first global image and branding campaign. Five years later, campaign was still active and brand achieved global recognition.
  • Collaborated with international colleagues on development of company’s first global product range and global marketing communications structure.
  • North American Product Line:
  • Broadened product line beyond core manufacturing technologies to gain share and volume in the apparel industry.
  • Sales exceeded budget by year three.
  • Responsible for North American sales meetings (5 days, 120 people) and participation in trade shows.
  • Led annual strategic planning for North America and coordination with global colleagues on global strategy.

Market Research Manager

  • Responsible for quantitative and qualitative research to support top management strategies and planning.
  • Established first competitive analysis database system.
  • Built quantitative model for tracking market share in North America.
  • Conducted customer satisfaction survey and non-customer survey. Structure used again two years later.

Business Development and Marketing Nonwovens for Apparel and Consumer Product Markets

O’REGAN MARKETING INC., Redondo Beach, CA 1991 – 1993

  • Served as west coast independent contractor for MRCA Corp. (see below)
  • Grew MRCA’s business 30% in 24 months.

MRCA CORP., Stamford, CT 1989 – 1991

Senior Account Executive – Consumer Market Research

  • Responsible for business development of syndicated and custom consumer market research with apparel, textile, nonwoven and retail clients.
  • Business doubled in two years


  • MBA, Marketing, Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University, cum laude
  • BS, Textiles and Business, Penn State, summa cum laude
  • Executive Education, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University