Barry Garlick has assumed the role of president at textile research firm Optimer Performance Fibers. Mr Garlick joined Optimer in November 2000 as vice president of marketing and business development for the western US and Asia. During the past two years he has successfully initiated programmes designed to increase the apparel industry's awareness of the moisture-transporting high performance fabric dri-release, and Freshguard odour neutraliser, into recognisable performance brands.