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Wyonzek Promoted to Director of Operations

February 2nd, 2018

(Memphis, TN) --The Cotton Board has promoted Emily Wyonzek to Director of Operations for the organization. Wyonzek has been employed by The Cotton Board for nearly ten years and has been the Manager of Human Resources for most of her tenure.

Wyonzek has a BA from Arkansas State University and an MFA from the University of Memphis. 

As the HR Manager, Wyonzek made many improvements to the daily operations of the Cotton Board staff.  Notably, she developed and implemented a new compensation strategy, and the Team Cotton wellness program that now extends to other organizations within the cotton industry. 

In her new role, Wyonzek will continue to direct the company’s human resource function and will also directly manage and oversee The Cotton Board’s four Regional Communication Managers (RCMs). She will also have a more formal role in operational planning, coordination, evaluation and execution.

Bill Gillon, President and CEO of The Cotton Board, said, “Emily has participated in operational planning and coordination in an informal role for many years.  It is past time to formally recognize her contributions in these areas.”

Wyonzek commented on her promotion, saying, “I am honored to have the opportunity to work closer with our RCMs and spend more time in the field with the stakeholders of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program.  I look forward to continuing operational leadership of our staff in a more formal manner. 

“Emily has done a great job for the organization, and I know she will continue to help lead The Cotton Board going forward,” Gillon concluded.



Contact: Stacey Gorman, Director of Communications (870) 226-1445 / 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

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