National Council of Textile Organizations named Kimberly Glas, a former deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at U.S. Department of Commerce, as their new president and chief executive officer.
NCTO head Auggie Tantillo, who announced his retirement in early February, will be replaced by Glas from 29th April. Auggie Tantillo was head of NCTO since 2013.
A long process conducted by the board of directors at NCTO started to find a replacement for Tantillo, who previously had been executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, which several years ago merged with NCTO.
Glas has 20 years of experience in the textile industry and government-policy development. She worked for 5 years with Department of Commerce under the Obama administration, there she managed three offices and oversaw programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel industries. She also served as the executive directive of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor and environmental organizations working to create U.S. jobs in the clean-energy economy. Glas also worked to make changes to the Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement to grow the U.S. textile industry.
Marty Moran, the current NCTO chairman and the CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns in Jefferson, Ga said that they were very fortunate to have Glas steer this organisation at this time of change and dynamicity in the U.S. textile industry and through the new opportunities provided by a new policy environment evolved in Washington that places a greater emphasis on domestic manufacturing.
Glas said she is quite excited about taking on this role, and she knows how critical this industry is to so many across the United States and the value it represents.