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Jeffrey Silberman Re-Elected Executive Director of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion

Jeffrey Silberman, chair and professor of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Textile Development and Marketing program, was re-elected executive director of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP) at the organization’s annual business meeting of the membership held in Cartagena de Indias. This will be the 11th year that Silberman has served as executive director.

Representing 15 member organizations from 12 countries, the IFCP provides a global informational exchange that encourages generic cotton demand enhancement activity. The IFCP also offers examples of ways to inexpensively promote cotton on a sub-national, national and transnational basis, in ways that can be replicated around the world.

“Jeffrey Silberman’s re-election as executive director of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion is important to the Baker School of Business and Technology,” said Steven Frumkin, dean, FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. “His expertise is clearly valuable to the industry itself as noted by his longstanding position at the IFCP. His vast knowledge of cotton and worldwide issues relating to the industry complement the in-class experiences of our students and serve as a testimony that the best and brightest are associated with FIT’s academic programs.”

Silberman, an international textile consultant specializing in marketing and development strategy, is also a consultant to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Secretariat. He has designed and implemented textile programs in more than 15 countries, including Turkey, India, Armenia, and Nepal; linen development programs throughout Russia; and market development programs for the Mongolian Cashmere FibreMark Society in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and United Textile Mills in Bangkok, Thailand. Silberman was a core member of the team charged with developing and launching the Egyptian Cotton Logo and World Wide Promotion Program (CottonEgypt) for the Government of Egypt and Alcotexa. He built, managed, and was a site guide for the Apparel and Home Textiles Internet Industry Channel for About.com.

Prior to establishing his consulting firm, Silberman was a director of marketing for Cotton Incorporated and the technical director for United Merchants and Manufacturers, Inc.

Silberman holds a Master of Textiles (MR) degree from North Carolina State University, College of Textiles and a BS in textile marketing and design from Philadelphia University. He has received certificates in advanced management from the Wharton School of Business in finance and accounting, marketing management from the Columbia Graduate School of Business, and environmental law from New York University. He is a recipient of the Winrock Award for Service and Dedication Given in Helping to Build a Better World for his work with Russian flax producers.

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