AFFOA Names Michelle Farrington New CTO

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Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (AFFOA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on invigorating the American textile industry, has announced the promotion of Michelle Farrington to Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

In this new role as CTO, Farrington will be leading AFFOA’s integrated technology development team, with responsibilities spanning business development, program management, and engineering. She will be responsible for developing AFFOA’s technical strategy, and ensuring technical programs are developed in alignment with that strategy both within the organization and with its members.

“I am excited to see Michelle step into this new role. Her broad and deep technical knowledge, coupled with a talent for translating voice-of-the-customer into a technical strategy, make Michelle perfectly suited for this role. Over the last one and a half years, Michelle has contributed to the strategic growth of AFFOA by building relationships with an expanding set of stakeholders both in industry and academia, and we look forward to her continued success as AFFOA’s CTO.” shared Sasha Stolyarov, AFFOA’s CEO.

When asked about stepping into the CTO role Farrington stated “I’m looking forward to ramping up growth here at AFFOA. This means hiring great engineers, having in-depth conversations with our members, and creating innovative solutions for bringing advanced functional fabric products to market in a more predictable and manufacturable manner.”

Prior to joining AFFOA as the Vice President of Strategic Growth, and now becoming its CTO, Farrington spent over two decades in the semiconductor industry specializing in commercializing new technologies including MEMS inertial sensors, energy harvesting, and e-textiles. She has also held roles in manufacturing, product and technology development, and business strategy.

Stolyarov continued “I am confident that Michelle will continue to help AFFOA expand its capabilities and in turn the capabilities of our members. She is precisely what we need to reach our goal of impacting the domestic textile industry through the advancement and integration of new fabric technologies.”

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