WRAP Announces Additions to team

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WRAP ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO TEAM

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, USA - WRAP is pleased to announce two additions to our core team-one in the form of a senior staffer and another in an expert advisory capacity-that will allow us to better connect with key stakeholders in the social compliance arena and improve our ability to be a responsive and effective supply chain management partner. On June 1, 2013, Mr. Clay Hickson was named Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development. In addition, Mr. Ted Sattler will be joining WRAP as an advisor. Mr. Hickson brings to his position at WRAP extensive experience in establishing and maintaining mutually-beneficial international business relationships. He comes to us from Towson University in Maryland where he established the university’s first incubator for young businesses, TowsonGlobal, and served as its inaugural Executive Director. During his time there, he served as a mentor to over 200 start-ups from a wide range of industries and helped them develop robust global business plans and marketing strategies. Prior to TowsonGlobal, Mr. Hickson founded the Rhoton Hill Group, a management consulting firm providing international marketing, strategic planning and cross-cultural communications services. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland-China Business Council, a non-profit organization focused on helping companies in the Mid-Atlantic region do business in China. Mr. Hickson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He will be responsible for managing WRAP’s relationships with global brands and retailers with an aim to grow the number of companies that accept WRAP certification as sufficient for meeting their social compliance needs. “WRAP’s mission of facilitating socially responsible manufacturing around the world is increasingly being recognized as important by consumers and corporations alike. It is one which I fully support, and I am excited to be able to play a role in helping further expand WRAP’s reach,” says Mr. Hickson. Mr. Sattler brings over 40 years of expertise in textile and apparel sourcing to his advisory role at WRAP, having recently retired from a 25-year executive career at PVH Corporation, the parent company of many of the world’s major apparel brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. During his time at PVH, Mr. Sattler oversaw the company’s global apparel sourcing supply chains as well as social and environmental compliance programs for all PVH factories around the world. He also represented the interests of the company in negotiations over trade legislation and customs compliance issues in Washington, DC. Prior to his time at PVH, Mr. Sattler worked for 15 years at Burlington Industries in various management capacities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts degree from Long Island University. Mr. Sattler currently sits on several boards including those of the SRS Merino Group and the University of Delaware’s School of Apparel Studies. “I am honored at the opportunity to bring unique expertise and perspective to the table at WRAP. The work they are doing is vitally important, and I look forward to bringing the knowledge I gained while at PVH to help them further that work,” says Mr. Sattler. WRAP’s President and CEO Avedis Seferian says that the addition of Mr. Hickson to the team and the involvement of Mr. Sattler are positive augmentations that come at a crucial time. “I am very happy to have Clay coming on board and thrilled about Ted joining the team as an advisor. WRAP is a mission-driven organization, and one that has been growing significantly over the past few years. As we continue that growth, the importance of strategic planning to the sustained development of the organization increases. Clay’s unique background in business incubation should help us immensely in this regard. It’s wonderful to have him join our team and I am very excited to be working with him. I know he will help take us to new heights. Ted’s background and the great work he’s done at PVH is, of course, very well known to anyone who’s been in the business for any length of time. I am very honored to have him involved with our work and look forward to tapping into the incredible resource he represents,” says Seferian.