Joe Nicosia | Global Platform Head of Cotton | Louis Dreyfus Company
Joe Nicosia is Head of the Cotton Platform for Louis Dreyfus Company, and Executive Vice President of Louis Dreyfus Company LLC. A US national, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 with a bachelor of arts in economics, and joined the Group that same year as a grain trader in Minneapolis. In 1982 he transferred to Allenberg Cotton Co. in Memphis, and in 1985 assumed responsibility for cotton trading worldwide. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Allenberg Cotton Co. from 1991 to 2012, and from 1989 to 2000 he also served as President of Allenberg Cotton Co. He was Director of Louis Dreyfus Corporation from 1995 to 2010. Since 2010, Joe has been Director and Vice President of LDC Holding Inc., and the coordinator of the trading and merchandizing activities of the cotton business. He is also a member of the board of directors of American Cotton Shippers, where he serves as Chairman of the Futures Committee.
Bruce Atherley | Executive Director | Cotton Council International
Bruce Atherley has served as executive director of Cotton Council International (CCI) since October 1, 2015. Bruce has a successful track record in global marketing and management having introduced brands and products into global markets in Asia, Latin America and Europe.
He previously served as vice president, Global Marketing for KAO, Inc., a Tokyo-based global manufacturer of personal care and household products. He also worked with the William Wrigley Jr. Company, serving as its vice president of North American Confections Marketing, and as president and general manager of Wrigley Canada. Prior to that, he was vice president of Retail Marketing for the H.J. Heinz Company.
CCI is the export promotions arm of the Memphis-based National Cotton Council of America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, and with a reach extending to more than 50 countries through 17 offices worldwide, CCI uses trade services and consumer promotion activities to increase exports of U.S. cotton fiber, manufactured cotton goods, cottonseed and their products in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America.
Bill Kingdon | Managing Director | International Cotton Association
Bill Kingdon has lived and worked overseas for much of his professional life as a soldier and senior leader in UK Defence. Bill and his family have been based in Washington DC, Germany and Cyprus and enjoyed being part of those communities and cultures.
Bill learned the benefits of collaboration and partnering as a member of international teams all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. As brigade commander, Bill prepared large organisations for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the British Army in Germany; managed a varied and fascinating strategic portfolio as the chief operating officer for British Forces in Cyprus and provided the focus for collaboration between international organisations, the Afghan government, diplomats and NATO in Kabul.
Most recently, as a consultant, Bill led a team acting as a catalyst for cultural change within the British Army. Bill holds masters’ degrees in law from Cambridge and defence studies from King’s College, London.
Madam Gao Fang | Executive Vice President | China Cotton Association
Madam Gao Fang graduated from Beijing Technology and Business University. She has been actively involved in cotton industry for over 30 years. From 1983 to 1995, she served in Bureau for Cotton and Jute of Ministry of Commerce, Department of Agricultural Service of Ministry of Domestic Trade. Since 1995, she worked in Bureau for Cotton and Jute in All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives (ACFSMC). Presently, she is the Director of Bureau for Cotton and Jute of ACFSMC, and Executive Vice President of China Cotton Association (CCA). From 2013 to 2015, she was Chairperson of Committee for International Co-operation between Cotton Associations (CICCA).