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Fiberweb Continues Reorganization

July 14, 2008

Units created for consumer fabrics, airlaid.

In another step to reorganize its business, Fiberweb, has created global business units for  its Consumer Fabrics and Airlaid divisions. The global Consumer Fabrics business unit will be led by Fiberweb CEO Daniel Dayan and will incorporate the European and North American spunmelt and carded facilities, including dryer sheets.  The leadership team includes David Keough, previously Americas hygiene commercial vice president who has been appointed global commercial director, and Alberto Gaudiano, who will serve as  global finance director. North American operations will be directed by Gary Drews, who was previously plant manager of Fiberweb’s Washougal, WA facility.

The global Airlaid business will incorporate the Asian airlaid producer, Fiberweb China Airlaid and the Korma, Italy businesses.  Derek Chan, president of Fiberweb Asia, has been promoted to managing director airlaid, in addition to his current responsibilities for Asia Industrial.

Fiberweb’s important Americas Industrial will now be a separate business unit, led by  John Juric, previously Fiberweb Americas vice president of finance.

As result of these changes, Dave Rousse, president americas and Dean Hilmer, vice president of operations will leave Fiberweb immediately.

In recent months, Fiberweb has made a number of streamlining efforts including the sale of some non-core businesses as well as a restructure of its European hygiene business.

These moves will finally give Fiberweb the global coordination and streamlining necessary to be competitive in the challenging and evolving markets for hygiene fabrics, as well as the regional and customer focus required for success in differentiated industrial nonwoven markets.

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