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EDANA members elect new Board of Governors

EDANA members elect new Board of Governors, with representation across the nonwovens value chain, and from companies across the globe.

EDANA, the Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, has announced its renewed Board of Governors for 2014-2016. The Board was elected by Association members via electronic voting or by those present at the Annual General Meeting, held today in Brussels, Belgium.

The role of the EDANA Board of Governors is to define and periodically review and oversee EDANA’s Vision and Mission, to provide strategic guidance to EDANA and to ensure the association operates in conformity with its governance and transparency rules.  Additionally, the Board helps to ensure financial solvency, business ethics and management soundness in EDANA operations, and raise funds and other resources, (e.g. by contributing to further enlargement of membership, promoting EDANA events and industry participation), and both strives for and supports the continuous development of the Association Staff and Governors.

Patricia Featherstone (RKW) has been re-elected Chair of the Board of Governors. She will be supported by Vice Chairs Krzysztof Malowaniec (Paul Hartmann) and Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe).  Treasurer Paul Eevers (Unilever) will continue to serve for another term.

In addition, Michael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex Personal Care) and Martin Rapp (Glatfelter)have been appointed as Executive Governors by the Board, to provide additional support and to complement the elected Officers.

New Governors, serving until 2017 are Ludwig Busam (Procter & Gamble), Jean-Marc Galvez (PGI Nonwovens), Robert Green (NatureWorks), Joachim Harms (Johnson & Johnson), David Lamb (BFF Nonwovens), Giorgio Mantovani (Corman SpA), and Dogan Mazicioglu (General Tekstil).

Patricia Featherstone thanked all Governors – representing the breadth of the nonwovens and related industries – for their continued service, and their ongoing work which serves to position EDANA as ever more focused on the delivery of valued and effective services to its members and to the global nonwovens and related industries. Patricia also specifically thanked Gerd Ries, outgoing Governor and past Chair and Vice Chair of the Association for his long service to the Association.

Outlining her continued vision for the Association’s support to the industry, Patricia reaffirmed her support for EDANA’s activities on behalf of and for the nonwovens and related industries.

In welcoming the new Board, Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA said “We are delighted to welcome the new Governors, who together with their colleagues, represent not only the broad nonwovens value chain, but who represent companies of different sizes from around the globe, and who are critical in our effort to support the drive and activities of our member companies.”

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