The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) announced the appointment of former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Augustine "Auggie" Tantillo as NCTO's new president. Tantillo brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new role having previously served as executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, one of the organizations that recently merged with NCTO. Tantillo replaces Cass Johnson, who served as president of NCTO since its inception in 2004. The appointment of Tantillo is effective immediately.
Tantillo has held various positions during a Washington government-relations career that has spanned 25 years. In addition to his work in the private sector, he also served as the chief-of-staff to former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel.