CORAL GABLES, Fla. — There’s been a changing of the guard at the American Textile Manufacturers Institute.

At its annual meeting here Friday, the organization elected a new chairman: Willis C. Moore, executive vice president and chief financial officer of yarn texturizer Unifi Inc. He succeeds Van May, president and chief executive officer of the Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, and will serve a one-year term.

James Chesnutt, president and ceo of National Spinning Co., was named first vice chairman, putting him in position to become chairman in 2004. Allen Gant, chairman and ceo of Glen Raven Inc., was elected second vice chairman, placing him in line to head the group in 2005.

The ATMI rotates its leadership every year and typically its chairmen spend two years as vice chairmen before ascending to the top spot. Moore had been elected second vice chairman of the group last year, but moved into the first slot when Joe Gorga, president and ceo of CMI Industries, left the organization following his company’s liquidation.

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