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Yarbrough Named CRI President

The Carpet and Rug Institute has named Joe W. Yarbrough president of the carpet industry trade group.

He will begin his duties March 31, replacing current president Werner Braun, who is retiring.

Yarbrough comes to CRI from Mohawk Inds., where he most recently served as senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering. Earlier in his career, he spent six years with Coronet Inds.; and was later vice president for manufacturing for Aladdin Mills when that company merged with Mohawk in 1994.

"With his 40-plus years of carpet industry experience, Joe brings an unprecedented array of knowledge, experience, and insight regarding our customers, markets, and opportunities," said David Jolly, president and CEO of J&J Flooring Group and current CRI board chairman.

An active supporter of CRI's volunteer leadership, Yarbrough is a current member and immediate past-chairman of CRI's Strategic Issues Leadership Council. According to Jolly, Yarbrough's depth of experience with CRI will benefit the organization as well as the industry as a whole.

"With Joe there will be no ramp-up time in assuming his duties, as he is very knowledgeable of the CRI mission, staff, and goals," he said.

"I sincerely look forward to working with the CRI member companies and their representatives and the dedicated CRI staff in order to advance the mission and objectives of this great organization, while helping everyone recognize the excellence and value of the products our industry is sending to market," Yarbrough said.







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