June 5, 2018 New York, NY
June 5, 2018
New York, NY
Upcoming Edition: June 5, 2018
Location: The Helen Mills Theater – New York, NY
Time: 09.30AM – 2.15PM

KINGPINS TRANSFORMERS: TRANSPARENCY

Transparency is the ultimate commitment by Brands and Retailers to sharing all the information they have about their products with consumers and the industry. A perennially important topic, Transformers will investigate the latest developments, issues and newsmakers surrounding transparency along the entire supply chain – from fiber through to garments.

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Kingpins Show / Kingpins Transformers
CEO - Olah Inc., Founder Kingpins Show, Founder Kingpins Transformers.

Since 1976, Andrew has worked in textile development and marketing. Under his guidance, Olah Inc. has grown from a simple textile agency firm to a full-service textile company. In 2004 he created the Kingpins Show. The show now hosts editions in New York, Amsterdam and China and has spun-off related events, including Kingpins Transformers, committed to creating, implementing and sharing the changes that need to happen in the jeans industry.
Andrew Olah
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
CEO

Jason has acted as the CEO and co-founder of PACT, an apparel company combining design, sustainability, and philanthropy. He served as Co-Founder and interim Executive Director of Freedom to Roam, a non-profit initiative that brings together people, organizations and businesses to enhance and protect wildlife corridors and landscape connectivity in North America. He developed Freedom to Roam while working on environmental campaigns for Patagonia. He started his career as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on turnaround and product strategies for high-tech companies.
Jason Kibbey
The ZDHC Foundation
Executive Director

Frank has led the strategic development of ZDHC since 2015. ZDHC has grown to a collaboration of nearly 100 organisations and has expanded its geographical reach with ZDHC representation in key countries, including China and India.

Working with the ZDHC Board of Directors he is responsible for executing the strategic plan for growth, impact and scale of the organisation and the delivery of the roadmap-to-zero programme. By understanding synergies, how to multiply efforts and scale impacts, Frank is responsible for developing key partnerships, collaborations and other stakeholder relationships that support the achievement of ZDHC Mission and Vision.
Frank Michel
MyFarms LLC
Managing Director

Chris’s unusual background in farming, physics, and supply chain integration inform his no-nonsense approach to delivering cotton sustainability solutions. As the founder of MyFarms, a cloud-based software company, Chris is passionate about developing market-leading strategies that combine field data owned by farmers with the IT infrastructure used by the world’s biggest apparel brands. Today, the MyFarms data exchange is used by thousands of farmers and dozens of enterprises across the US and Australia.
Chris Fennig
Product DNA
Founder

In 1981 Robin founded a Swiss textile company and, for over 30 years, developed this activity through an ethical production. He is now active in the traceability of consumer goods with Product DNA Ltd, which he founded in 2005. For nearly a decade, Robin served on the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International (S.A.I) NY. Robin has degrees in Business Studies from the Lausanne Business School (HEC) and in Social and Political Sciences (SSP) from Lausanne University, Switzerland.
Robin Cornelius
Supima
VP Marketing & Promotions

Buxton has more than 25 years of experience in the cotton industry. His background includes working as a Strategy Consultant specializing in the retail and apparel for Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA). Previous to working at KSA, Buxton was the Director of Latin American Operations for COTTON USA. Buxton has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Buxton Midyette
Lenzing
Director Global Business Development, Denim – Lenzing Fibers – USA

Tricia has held positions in fabric sales and business development. More than seventeen years ago she started with Courtaulds Fibers NY to develop the marketing for an innovative new fiber, called TENCEL®. Her global sourcing experience assists brands and retailers to evaluate supply chains and realize effective means of using Lenzing Fibers. Currently Tricia manages Lenzing’s global business development for the denim market and is head of the team for USA brands and retailers.
Tricia Carey
Oritain
Business Development Manager

Oritain are global leaders in using forensic science to be able to determine the origin of food, pharmaceuticals, and most recently, fibres. Oritain analyse the actual fibre itself throughout all stages of the supply chain to prove origin, not being reliant on paper or barcode traceability. Ben has played a key role in facilitating Oritain's expansion and application of its technology within the cotton industry. Having graduated with first class honours from Henley Business School, Ben understands that being sustainably driven, benefits companies across all business departments - and traceability of raw materials plays a key role in this.
Ben Tomkins
E3
Head of Fiber Development

Jon believes that the U.S. Cotton Producers have the opportunity to lead the way in providing high quality cotton as a preferred fiber. This can be done through providing a quality product and also through differentiation in the marketplace. Through Certified FiberMax Cotton®, Authentic Stoneville® Cotton and the e3™ Sustainable Cotton Initiative, they are doing their best to provide unique opportunities that help producers achieve the goal of communicating differentiation of their production and practices.
Jon Mixson
Candiani Denim
Co-owner & Global Manager

Alberto represents the fourth generation of the Candiani family in the textile business.
Being all the Candiani's family homes located inside the facility compound, Alberto literally grew up in the mill, together with his parents and grand parents. The proximity to Denim and textile operations made him a true Indigo Child who always knew what the future was going to be. After the studies (Alberto graduated at IULM University of Milan in 2005), he officially joined the company and started to work close to his father. Starting his professional career as product developer and textile engineer, Alberto is also in charge of sales and marketing.
Alberto Candiani
SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Summit:
Coffee
09:00
Summit:
Introduction by Andrew Olah
09:30
Product DNA
Founder

In 1981 Robin founded a Swiss textile company and, for over 30 years, developed this activity through an ethical production. He is now active in the traceability of consumer goods with Product DNA Ltd, which he founded in 2005. For nearly a decade, Robin served on the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International (S.A.I) NY. Robin has degrees in Business Studies from the Lausanne Business School (HEC) and in Social and Political Sciences (SSP) from Lausanne University, Switzerland.
Summit:
Robin Cornelius
, Product DNA
09:40
E3
Head of Fiber Development

Jon believes that the U.S. Cotton Producers have the opportunity to lead the way in providing high quality cotton as a preferred fiber. This can be done through providing a quality product and also through differentiation in the marketplace. Through Certified FiberMax Cotton®, Authentic Stoneville® Cotton and the e3™ Sustainable Cotton Initiative, they are doing their best to provide unique opportunities that help producers achieve the goal of communicating differentiation of their production and practices.
Summit:
Jon Mixon
, e3 Cotton
10:05
Summit:
PANEL:
- Buxton Midyette of Supima
- Ben Tomkins of Oritain
10:20
Lenzing
Director Global Business Development, Denim – Lenzing Fibers – USA

Tricia has held positions in fabric sales and business development. More than seventeen years ago she started with Courtaulds Fibers NY to develop the marketing for an innovative new fiber, called TENCEL®. Her global sourcing experience assists brands and retailers to evaluate supply chains and realize effective means of using Lenzing Fibers. Currently Tricia manages Lenzing’s global business development for the denim market and is head of the team for USA brands and retailers.
Summit:
Tricia Carey, Lenzing
10:45
From jeans to beans
Summit:
COFFEE BREAK
11:00
The ZDHC Foundation
Implementation Director

Christina is globally responsible for the implementation and strategic regionalisation of the ZDHC activities - including the establishment and leadership of the Implementation HUB to enable improvements and innovation at scale and accelerate impact along the value chain.
Christina has more than a decade of experience of working at the interface between sustainability, sustainable development and innovation. Christina started her professional career at the environmental branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and has a PhD in materials chemistry.
Summit:
Christina Raab
, ZDHC
11:20
Eco Intelligent Growth (Co-founder & Director)
Ignasi Cubiñà is founder member and Director of EIG, a Barcelona-based consultancy. A biologist, trained also in Marketing and Sales, he started his career working for more than 15 years both in food and pharmaceutical sectors. Since 2007, as EIG’s Director, he’s been dedicated to spread C2C® principles around the world, working for their implementation together with industry and local administration. His holistic approach has driven him to collaborate in projects from sustainable community design to companies’ transition towards the circular economy. His concern on high impact sectors has led him to monitor construction, fashion & packaging trends, looking for new opportunities for a positive change.
Summit:
Ignasi Cubiñà
, Eco Intelligent Growth
11:35
Archroma
Global Head Business Development Denim and Casual Wear

Miguel Sánchez was born in Barcelona too many years ago. Married and father of a teenager, is a Textile Engineer for the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). After starting his professional career in the field of Waste Water Treatment, Miguel joined the Sandoz group in 1987 as promotion technician for the Sulfur dyes division.
He has since then occupied different positions in Sandoz, Clariant and now Archroma, both in Spain and Switzerland, being always related to the Marketing of textile dyes. Miguel is currently holding the position of Global Head Business Development Denim and Casual Wear.
Summit:
Miguel Sanchez
, Archroma
11:50
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Vice President, Europe

Baptiste opened the European office of the SAC and oversees overall European activities and European based work streams. He coordinates the collaborative efforts of the coalition towards European governments, authorities, and organizations. Baptiste is responsible for launching the Social and Labor convergence project, and currently leads the coalition effort towards transparency.
Prior to joining the SAC, Baptiste created and was heading the sustainability department at Decathlon, a French based sport producer and retailer.
Summit:
Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, SAC
12:05
G-Star RAW
Corporate Responsibility Director

After a career as Legal Counsel at G-Star, Frouke set up the G-Star Corporate Responsibility department in 2006. She built the Corporate Responsibility department around four pillars: Responsible Supply Chain, Sustainable Product, Sustainable Operations and Community Involvement. Reporting directly to the CEO, Bruinsma currently heads an international team of eight located in Amsterdam, Dhaka and Shanghai. Frouke is also responsible for setting up the GSRD Foundation - the brand’s corporate foundation that supports projects in the field of Education and Entrepreneurship.
Summit:
PANEL:
- Frouke Bruinsma, Gstar
- Helen Sahi, Avery Dennison
- Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution
12:20
Rudolf Group (Head of Rudolf Fashion Division)
Alberto is arguably the only biochemist that moved from genes to jeans. He began his career working on enzymatic applications for textiles in biotech labs in Milan, Vienna, and Berlin. He became Global Director of Business Development & Innovation and led the development and implementation of global breakthrough product and innovation strategies for the Levi’s® brand. In 2012 Alberto joined Garmon Chemicals and set up the first design studio embedded in a chemical company and then led companywide marketing efforts as chief marketing officer. In January 2018, Rudolf Group tapped him to open a company division to develop product creativity according to advanced and responsible chemistry principles.
Summit:
Alberto de Conti
12:45
Summit:
LUNCH BREAK
13:00
Summit:
Alexander David, Lidl
13:45
Arvind
CEO

A professional with more than three decades of experience across sectors like the Oil Industry, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Textiles & Apparel and Advanced Materials, Aamir has been with Arvind since 2002. A Masters in Business Administration, his previous assignments include Indian Oil Corporation, Geep Industries (later acquired by Procter and Gamble) and Reliance Industries.
Summit:
Aamir Akhtar, Arvind
14:00
Candiani Denim
Co-owner & Global Manager

Alberto represents the fourth generation of the Candiani family in the textile business.
Being all the Candiani's family homes located inside the facility compound, Alberto literally grew up in the mill, together with his parents and grand parents. The proximity to Denim and textile operations made him a true Indigo Child who always knew what the future was going to be. After the studies (Alberto graduated at IULM University of Milan in 2005), he officially joined the company and started to work close to his father. Starting his professional career as product developer and textile engineer, Alberto is also in charge of sales and marketing.
Summit:
Alberto Candiani, Candiani
14:15
Royo
Sales Manager

Alberto is a textile expert specialised in textile technologies who has dedicated his entire career to the textile sector. He began his career at Italians mills and then, in 2002, Alberto joined the Royo team. Together with the fourth generation of the Royo founding family, Alberto has contributed to make Royo a leader in the Premium Denim Segment. Currently Alberto acts as Sales Director and collaborates with the product, R&D and marketing departments.
Summit:
Alberto Guzzetti, Royo
14:30
Summit:
ROUND TABLE
14:45
Summit:
FINISH
15:45
LOCATION

June 5, 2018

TRANSPARENCY

The Helen Mills Theater
139 West 26th Street
NYC 10001
United States

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