Nonwovens Association Shows its Strength at Annual Meeting

Robb Lovegrove of Milliken Named Chairman of Board of Directors    

Cary, N.C., March 14, 2014 – INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is a financially strong and growing membership organization that is taking on increased relevance in the complex global economy of nonwovens and engineered fabrics, President David Rousse reported to members at its Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference.

“INDA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference presents a unique opportunity for INDA members to listen to rich program content that will spark their imaginations and give them new ideas to take back to their organizations,” said Rousse. “It also is a time to hear about all the global, impactful activities INDA has been involved with and discover how they, as Members, can become involved as well. I encourage all INDA Members to get the most out of their membership and the Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference is one excellent way to maximize your ROI.”

In addition to the State of the Association update, the annual event held March 10-12, at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., also included two keynote speakers, the nomination of a new board of directors, and networking opportunities with fellow members and the board.

During the conference, Robb Lovegrove of Milliken was named chairman of the board for a two-year term, succeeding Todd Bassett of Fi-Tech, Inc. Also named as Vice-Chairman, Planning, was Karen Castle of Suominen Nonwovens; and as Vice-Chairman, Finance, Renita Anderson of IMERYS Performance Minerals.

New directors named to three-year terms on the board were: Fred Dulin of Eastman Chemical Company; Michael Flaherty of Rando Machine Corporation; Gene Konczal of Providencia, USA; Wolfgang Plasser of Lenzing AG; Chris Plotz of ITW Dymon; and Jeff Shope of Henkel Adhesives.

The INDA Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference combines INDA’s annual business meeting with a leadership conference featuring speakers presenting on global topics and networking opportunities. INDA members heard a lively and dynamic presentation from James F. Smith, Ph.D., of who discussed why global growth should speed up in 2014 and beyond. Tom Fischgrund, Ph.D., president of Perimeter Search Group, spoke on winning and losing strategies in the war for talent and what can be learned from the best companies, including Coca-Cola, GE, AT&T, UPS, Home Depot, Google and others. He presented the profitable marketing strategies of Sergio Zyman, former Chief Marketing Officer for the Coca-Cola Company during the greatest growth years for the beverage company who was one of the world’s greatest acquirers and developers of talent.

Key executives from the entire value chain attended this year’s event. The next Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference 2015 was announced for Feb. 23-25, 2015 at the Inn at Harbor Town, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina. For details, visit

About INDA INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies.

Media Contact: Joan Izzo, Director of Marketing, INDA Telephone: +1 (919) 233-1210 ext. 117 Email: Website:

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