In making the announcement, Bruce Atherley, executive director of CCI said, "It's an important time in our organization's history to add an expert agency partner to help us communicate the benefits of U.S. cotton to our audiences from a center out approach. Our decision was based on our confidence in the quality of the team, business orientation, strategic insights and creativity. We look forward to our new partnership with C-K to help CCI with our mission to support the export marketing of U.S. cotton."
"This is an exciting, highly competitive global category and U.S. cotton is outstanding in its quality," noted Karen Seamen, president and COO of Cramer-Krasselt. "We are proud to embark on this partnership to develop and deploy a strategic global plan that will continue to elevate its position around the world."
In April 2016, CCI retained the services of Joanne Davis Consulting to assist in the agency review process. The search culminated in late July.
About Cotton Council International
As the export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council of America, Cotton Council International (CCI) is dedicated to increasing U.S. exports of cotton fiber, manufactured cotton products, as well as cottonseed and its by-products. Through its COTTON USA™ program, CCI offers support to customers at each stage of the supply chain, from the cotton farmer and exporter, to the brand and retailer. With offices in Washington, Memphis, London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai and dedicated representatives in numerous other countries, CCI plays the lead role in educating and strengthening the market for U.S. cotton and U.S. cotton products around the world. For more information, please visit www.cottonusa.org.
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