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Pierre Wiertz_Diana Heelis_Patricia Featherstone
19/02/2015

Diana Heelis presented with EDANA Lifetime Achievement award

Award to Diana Heelis recognises more than 23 years of service to EDANA and the nonwovens industry.
During the EDANA Board of Governors in Brussels, Belgium, Diana Heelis, Public Affairs consultant representing Kimberly Clark was awarded the EDANA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her dedication to the industry, and contribution to the Associations activities for more than 20 years.

Since first participating in the Association’s working groups in April 1991, Diana has seen the growth of the EDANA staff, and representation of its member companies, with a nearly two-fold increase from 160 member companies and a largely European focus to more than 230 member companies with activities and representation of the nonwovens and related industries across the globe. Diana has participated, and sometimes led a total of 13 Committees or working groups, helping to provide regulatory and communications support to the industry.

Representing Kimberly Clark, Diana has been a critical voice in representing nonwoven personal care products including baby diapers, feminine hygiene care products, wet wipes and incontinence products.  During her tenure, industry guidelines covering the use and labelling of tampons have been launched and adopted as industry standards.

Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA said “EDANA is delighted to present Diana with this prestigious Award for her continuous support. Diana’s long-term involvement in the Association’s product stewardship activities has helped to improve the awareness and understanding of the role nonwoven products play in our everyday lives, including the benefits they bring to people at every stage of their life.”

In receiving the award, Diana said “It is both a surprise and honour to receive this Award.  I have been proud to participate in activities for the last 23 years that have not only helped to provide our industry with support and a harmonised approach to topics, but also represent Kimberly Clark and the products that we produce for customers across the globe.”

If you wish to see one of your peers awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, please write in confidence to recommend any proposed candidate to: noelia.fernandez@edana.org. You may nominate any individuals who have been working a minimum of 20 years for any of the member companies or institutes, and whose visible engagement and leadership in any professional area, has been complemented by an outstanding commitment and participation in at least one major activity or function within EDANA for over 5 years.
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