The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced Kimberly Glas will succeed Augustine ‘Auggie’ Tantillo as president and CEO following his retirement.

Glas will take up the role on 29 April after which point Tantillo will step down following a 38-year, multifaceted career in the Washington policy arena – most of which involved direct representation of the US textile industry.

Current NCTO chairman Marty Moran, CEO of Jefferson, Georgia-based Buhler Quality Yarns, noted the selection follows a rigorous search process that led to Glas’ unanimous approval by the NCTO board of directors.

Glas brings more than 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her 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 working to advance critical policies to grow quality, US jobs in the clean energy economy.

“We are fortunate, at this time of change and challenge to have Kim take the helm of this organisation,” says 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 Kim is an excellent choice to steer the industry through these new opportunities.

“NCTO has worked very closely with Kim over the years on Capitol Hill and in the Obama Administration.  Kim brings a strong combination of leadership skills, policy and advocacy know-how, and industry knowledge and has extensive experience working on manufacturing, trade, competitiveness, and sustainability issues.  We are thrilled she is taking on this important role at this time.”

Glas adds: “I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to lead NCTO and to work on behalf of this innovative industry. I am grateful to Auggie for his leadership and all his support and friendship over the years and am deeply appreciative to the NCTO membership for this incredible opportunity.

“I could not be more excited about taking on this role. I know how critical this industry is to so many across the United States and the value it represents. I am thrilled to be able to work on its behalf to advance its priorities.” 

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fibre producers.