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U.S. Cotton Importer and Industry Advocate Maureen Gray Retires from Ralph Lauren

April 14th, 2016

(Memphis, TN) -- Former Cotton Board Importer Member, Maureen Gray, has retired from the Ralph Lauren Corporation. Gray, a strong advocate for the U.S. cotton industry, started with Ralph Lauren in 1997 and at the time of her retirement served as Vice President of International Trade.

Gray served on The Cotton Board for 13 years and had a significant impact during those years.

"The Cotton Board relies heavily on the expertise and insight of our Importer Members, who represent various major U.S. brands and retailers.  Since she joined the Cotton Board, Maureen has consistently been a strong voice for our Importer Members and has brought their knowledge and expertise to the table. Maureen’s impact on the board has been substantial.  She will be missed both personally and professionally," said Cotton Board Chairman and California cotton producer Aaron Barcellos.

Louisiana Cotton Producer and current Cotton Board Secretary George LaCour worked alongside Gray for many years on the Board. "I have been impressed with Maureen Gray since I met her. Maureen's ability to see the issues facing the cotton industry from a global perspective has been very valuable to our organization.  She truly cares about our industry and works hard to help us promote the use of cotton. My only wish is that every cotton producer would get the chance to meet her. I would like to thank Maureen for all of the time she has donated to helping the U.S. cotton producer gain market share," he said.

The Cotton Board's Vice President of Importer Services, Elizabeth King, worked closely with Gray over the years on the Importer Support Committee of the Board. She said, " I will truly miss Maureen’s wise counsel, generous spirit, and commitment to The Cotton Board.  She has been an invaluable resource to me both professionally and personally and I wish her all the best in her retirement."

Gray, who was also a strong advocate for the industry’s issues in Washington, became chairwoman of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association in 2011, where she will remain until the board votes on a new chair later this year.

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Contact: Stacey Gorman, Director of Communications, 901-233-9356, sgorman [at] cottonboard [dot] org

About the Cotton Board: The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program’s research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton. The Cotton Research & Promotion Program continues to work in all areas of cotton’s pipeline – from the field to the consumer – to keep cotton the number one fiber choice in the U.S. For more information about the Cotton Board and the innovative activities stemming from the Program, visit www.cottonboard.org.

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