Al Carey, Non-Executive Chairman of Unifi's Board of Directors.

Textile solutions and fiber firm Unifi said it has appointed Albert P. Carey as non-executive chairman of its board of directors.

Carey was elected to Unifi’s board of directors in January 2018. Kevin Hall, chief executive officer of Unifi, said, “In this expanded capacity, [Hall] will be leveraging his vast commercial experience, commitment to creating more sustainable supply chains, and ability to form partnerships with brands and retailers, which are the key pillars of Unifi’s growth strategy. This will help ensure the continued growth of Unifi’s innovative and sustainable product portfolio through market segment and geographic expansion.”

Carey is currently ceo of PepsiCo North America, a role he has held for nearly three years, according to Unifi. Throughout his 38-year career at PepsiCo, Carey was ceo of Frito-Lay North America and led multiple lines of consumer brands in the snacks and beverages categories, the company said. In addition, he serves on the board of directors at The Home Depot Inc. and The Food Marketing Institute.

Hall added, “As an active member of the board of directors over the past year, Al has exemplified strong growth- and results-oriented leadership, robust support for the expansion of our commercial capabilities, and dedication to the circular economy. Accepting this additional responsibility and deeper involvement with Unifi demonstrates his passion for our business and strategic direction. We are pleased to continue working with Al as we build our strong market offerings in performance recycled fibers through Unifi’s leading global brand Repreve.”

And Carey expressed the growing importance of sustainability in consumer products. “Brands and retailers have realized that ensuring future growth depends on adopting the circular economy and making significant commitments to recycled PET. I look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with the talented executive team and passionate employees at Unifi in accelerating innovation and profitable growth to sustain its leadership position and leading role in the industry transformation.”

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