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NCTO appoints Kimberly Glas as next president and CEO

15 Feb '19
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Courtesy: NCTO
Courtesy: NCTO

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a Washington DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, has appointed Kimberly Glas as its new president & CEO effective April 29 of this year. Glas will succeed Augustine Tantillo, who previously announced his intention to step down from the same position at NCTO.

Glas brings over 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multi-faceted career includes spearheading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama administration, and most recently leading a non-profit organisation named BlueGreen Alliance, working to advance critical policies to grow quality US jobs in the clean energy economy, said to a media statement by NCTO. In her capacity as executive director of BlueGreen Alliance, she worked closely with labour, environmentalists and US industry at the intersection of energy, environment and trade to advance common-sense policy solutions in order to help achieve a stronger economy and a more sustainable future.

During her tenure under the Obama administration, Glas served as the deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at the US department of commerce. In this capacity, Glas managed three offices of nearly 40 employees and oversaw programmes and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the US textile and apparel industries. Glas worked closely with the US trade representatives, other key agencies, and Congress to advance a multitude trade policy interests critical to the US industry, including advancing fixes to the CAFTA-DR agreement to help maintain and grow the US textile workforce.

“We are fortunate, at this time of change and challenge to have Glas take the helm of this organisation,” said NCTO chairman Marty Moran. “The US textile industry is experiencing an exciting and dynamic period. A new policy environment has evolved in Washington that places a greater emphasis on domestic manufacturing and Glas is an excellent choice to steer the industry through these new opportunities.”

“I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to lead NCTO and to work on behalf of this innovative industry. I am grateful to Tantillo for his leadership and all his support and friendship over the years and am deeply appreciative to the NCTO membership for this incredible opportunity,” said Glas. “I could not be more excited about taking on this role. I know how critical this industry is to so many across the US and the value it represents. I am thrilled to be able to work on its behalf to advance its priorities.” (PC)

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