Eastman Chemical Company announced changes to its executive leadership.
Mark K. Cox, senior vice president (SVP) and chief manufacturing, supply chain and engineering officer, will retire in 2022. Chief technology and sustainability officer Stephen G. Crawford, also an SVP, was named an executive vice president. In addition to his responsibilities for technology and sustainability, Crawford will assume executive leadership of manufacturing and worldwide engineering and construction upon Cox’s retirement.
Eastman also announced the new appointments of Julie A. McAlindon and Dr. Christopher M. Killian to the executive team. McAlindon, who was chief procurement officer and vice president of transformation, is now SVP for supply chain, regions and transformation.
Killian is now SVP and chief technology officer. He most recently served as vice president of additives and functional products, chemical intermediates and corporate technology.
Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day, including textile fibers. Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2020 revenues of $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn.
Lectra’s shareholders meeting held on June 1 elected Jean Marie “John” Canan as a new director for a period of four years.
Canan becomes a member of Lectra’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Strategic Committee. This appointment follows the agreement reached for the acquisition by Lectra of Gerber Technology, of which American Industrial Partners (AIP) was the sole shareholder.
A major global player in the fashion, automotive and furniture industries, Lectra designs smart industrial solutions–software, equipment, data and services–for brands, manufacturers and retailers. The appointment of Canan as director, after that of Céline Abecassis-Moedas on April 30, will notably strengthen Lectra’s Strategic Committee, at a time when Lectra will be developing new offers for Industry 4.0 and examining an increasing number of investment projects in innovative companies, the company said.
Canan is currently lead independent director and chairman of the Audit Committee of REV Group; director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Acasti Pharma and director of the Angkor Hospital for Children, a leading non-profit pediatric hospital in Cambodia.
Avgol, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures, appointed Tommi Bjornman as its new CEO, replacing Shachar Rachim who takes up a broader role as CEO leading the Hygiene vertical of Indorama’s Fibers business.
Bjornman’s new position with Avgol, a manufacturer of high-performance nonwoven fabric solutions, took effect June 1. The Hygiene business is one of 16 integrated verticals under Indorama Ventures, and comprises brands that also include Auriga, FiberVisions, Trevira and Wellman.
The Hygiene vertical provides fibers and filaments used in hygiene, medical, personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial disposable applications, as well as durable textile applications. Bjornman continues to report to Rachim, who retains his role as an Avgol board member.
Indorama Ventures had consolidated revenue of $10.6 billion in 2020.
The ZDHC board of election 2021, part of a transition to a more diverse and multi-stakeholder representation on the board of direction, has resulted in a new composition of the ZDHC board of directors, with eight brands, two chemical suppliers and two manufacturers.
The elected members will each serve a three-year term as ZDHC board members. Taking brand category seats were Manuel Baigorri from Levi Strauss & Co., Beatriz Baeza from Inditex, Adam Brennan from C&A and Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis from Nike Inc. Baigorri and Brennan were elected to their second terms.
Taking chemical supplier seats were Rohit Aggarwal from Huntsman Textile Effects and Michael Costello from Stahl, and elected to a manufacturer seat was Sharika Senanayake from MAS Capital Ltd.
National Retail Federation
Executives from four of the nation’s most prominent brands were named members of the National Retail Federation board of directors this week as the board held its first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic.
The new board members are BJ’s Wholesale Club president and CEO Robert W. Eddy, IBM general manager of U.S. distribution Gina Claxton, Old Navy president and CEO Nancy Green and PepsiCo Foods North America CEO Steven Williams.
The Children’s Place Inc. announced that it appointed John A. Frascotti to its board of directors.
Frascotti, an independent director, will hold office until the annual meeting of stockholders of the company to be held in 2022. He is a special advisor to Hasbro Inc., and served as Hasbro’s president and chief operating officer from 2018 until his retirement on March 31.
The Children’s Place designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable merchandise predominantly at value prices. As of May 1, the company had 724 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, online stores at childrensplace.com and gymboree.com, and the company’s eight international franchise partners had 213 international points of distribution in 19 countries.
Crocs Inc. announced that Tracy Gardner was appointed to its board of directors.
Gardner has been a principal of Tracy Gardner Consultancy since 2010. From 2004 to 2010, she held a number of leadership roles at J.Crew Group, where she ultimately served as president. She also spent more than 11 years in several omnichannel leadership roles across Gap Inc.’s portfolio of brands.
Since 2015, Gardner has been a board member of Gap Inc. and currently serves as Compensation and Management Development Committee chair.
Gardner will become the ninth board member and the fourth woman on the Crocs Inc. board.