As Cotton Incorporated celebrates its fortieth anniversary, it bids farewell to an executive whose tenure spans three decades. Dean Turner, the company’s senior vice president, global account management, will retire from Cotton Incorporated after 33 years with the research and marketing company for U.S. cotton.
“Dean has been an asset to the company and to the cotton industry,” remarks J. Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated. “Particularly as textile manufacturing moved to foreign markets over the past few years, Dean was instrumental in securing a foothold for U.S. cotton in these regions.”
Since joining the company in 1977, Turner has held a variety of positions at Cotton Incorporated in departments such as Mill, Home Fabric, and Apparel Marketing, plus Merchandising and International Marketing. Prior to being tapped to lead the company’s Global Account Management team, Turner was Senior Vice President, Global Product Marketing. He was also deeply involved in the company’s joint efforts with Cotton Council International.
Turner acknowledges the tremendous change the industry has undergone during his thirty-plus years at Cotton Incorporated. “While where we do business continues to evolve, the consumer’s preference for cotton remains strong both in the U.S. and around the world,” Turner notes. “For instance, the dramatic increase in the amount of denim being worn in emerging markets such as China and India is an amazing positive change that has only occurred in the last decade,” Turner adds.
Turner confesses that travel is not high on his retirement agenda. “As cotton and cotton textiles became an increasingly global industry, I had to become global, too. Right now, I am looking forward to staying closer to home; family, friends, church, choir, and golf.”
Prior to joining Cotton Incorporated, Mr. Turner was product development manager at Owens Corning Fiberglass. He was also affiliated with Burlington Industries, Inc., as head stylist in the decorative fiberglass division.