The Cotton Board Announces Promotion - Lisa Droke Promoted to Senior Vice President

Memphis, TN – The Cotton Board recently announced the promotion of Lisa N. Droke, MBA, CPA, to Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration. Droke is The Cotton Board's first ever Senior Vice President.

“Lisa is a proven results-oriented senior financial executive with vast experience and a broad skill set,” stated William A. Gillon, President & CEO of The Cotton Board. Since joining The Cotton Board in 2009, Droke has successfully implemented new investment strategies that have significantly strengthened funding for the Research & Promotion Program."Not only has Lisa been an asset to The Cotton Board in regards to financial administration, she has made considerable contributions to the overall health of the cotton industry. She makes it a priority to visit cotton producers on their farms and has a genuine desire to learn as much as she can about their operations," said Gillon.

Droke received her B.A. and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Memphis. Her expertise ranges from Corporate Accounting, Strategic Planning to SEC Reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance. Prior to joining The Cotton Board, Droke served as Vice President & Controller in the Corporate Accounting Group for Harrah’s Entertainment.

Gary Ross, Chairman of the Cotton Board and an Importer from Yardley, Pennsylvania, stated, “The Cotton Board is privileged to have Lisa as The Cotton Board’s first ever Senior Vice President. She has been an asset to the organization from the first day she arrived.  She has met every challenge and is a pleasure to work with. We continue to expect great things from Lisa and The Cotton Board."


Contact: Brad Robb, VP of Communications or Stacey Gorman, Communications Manager (901) 683-2500

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