News article

01/07/2009

EDANA strengthens representation of the nonwovens industry with new board

EDANA announced its new Board of Governors. Incoming Chairman Kenneth Strassner (Kimberly- Clark) will take over from Gerd Ries (Johnson&Johnson), who has accepted the position of Vice-Chair, a role he shares with Jean-Marie Becker (Ahlstrom).
Brussels, 1 July 2009 – EDANA, the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, today announced its new Board of Governors.  Incoming Chairman Kenneth Strassner (Kimberly- Clark) will take over from Gerd Ries (Johnson&Johnson), who has accepted the position of Vice-Chair, a role he shares with Jean-Marie Becker (Ahlstrom).  Paul Evers remains in his previous role as Treasurer.

In accepting his role, Strassner welcomed two new Board members; Mr Michael Haddon, Managing Director of TWE Nonwovens Dierdorf (Germany) and Mrs Patricia Featherstone, Commercial Director Europe for RKW (Belgium).

Outlining his vision, Strassner spoke of the essential support the Association continues to provide, assisting both individual businesses and the broader nonwovens and related  industries. “While this support is an essential part of the services our members are seeking, our role goes beyond being a forum for issues, or a way to share information about our industry.  The critical benefits we offer businesses are designed to help them through tough economic times and to ensure that they are in a position to take full advantage of the economic recovery, when it comes.  This is possible not only through the various events and educational forums that EDANA organises, but also because EDANA focuses on the identification of new ideas and technologies, and because EDANA takes an innovative view of  future products  and business practices.”

In his thanks to the Board for their support during his term as Chair, Ries paid thanks to those Board Members who whose terms would come to an end in 2009, and would not continue. “The contribution made by Pieter Meijer and Stefano Lupi have been instrumental in the achievements made over the past years.  We look forward however, to continuing to welcome these two individuals as active members of EDANA working groups and to their ongoing advice and counsel.”

About EDANA
EDANA, serves the nonwovens and related industries (previously known as the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association), and has 220 member companies in over 30 countries.  Its Mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens, absorbent hygiene products and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue.  Information about upcoming events can be found at www.edana.org

For further information please contact:
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director, edana
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10
Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: abby.bailey@edana.org  
Website: www.edana.org
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