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SPESA names Michael McDonald as executive director
Apr '18
Courtesy: SPESA
Courtesy: SPESA
The SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) Board of Directors have appointed Michael McDonald as the new SPESA executive director, on February 7, 2018. He will work alongside current president, Benton Gardner, and managing director, Dave Gardner, until their retirement at the end of 2018. SPESA is the largest trade association in US.

McDonald will take over full management of the organisation in January 2019. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in textile technology management at North Carolina State University (NC STATE). While studying for his doctorate, he has served as adjunct professor, advisor for the textile apparel technology management student advisory board, teaching assistant, and guest lecturer.

McDonald started his assignment as SPESA’s executive director, on March 15, 2018.

Previously, McDonald was manager of government relations for the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). He was staff liaison for AAFA’s product safety council, government contracts committee, brand protection committee, financial management committee, labelling, and transportation mailing lists.

In addition, McDonald developed resources and tools to help member companies with regulatory compliance, including: Restricted Substance Lists (RSL), Reasonable Testing Guidelines, Regional Plastic Bag Restrictions, Care Label Guidelines, International Market Access Guidelines, for around 13 countries, and annual statistical reports on the footwear and apparel industries. (GK)

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