Damien Lestienne has been elected president of the Association Française pour la Promotion des Fils Textiles (French Association for the Promotion of Textile Yarns -AFPFT) and chairman of AFPFT's Expofil SA subsidiary. He takes over from Mr Didier Tardy who has retired. Mr Lestienne is commercial director of the hosiery yarns division at Saint Liévin spinning mill where he has helped grow export sales to 60 per cent of the group's total turnover.