Press Release

CRI Names New Sustainability Director, Peoples Will Also Serve As Executive Director of CARE

Contact: Robert Peoples, Carpet America Recovery Effort (706) 428-2115

Peoples_Bob_lowresDALTON, GA. (January 15, 2004) – Werner Braun, president of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), has announced that Robert Peoples, Ph.D., has agreed to join the CRI staff as Director of Sustainability. In addition, Dr. Peoples will also serve in the role of Executive Director of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the industry-led effort to divert carpet from landfills.

“We are extremely fortunate to gain a person of Bob’s character, energy, and expertise. The issue of Sustainability for our industry is one we are extremely proud of and one we continue to move forward on with the highest of priority. Bob’s contributions within the industry in the arena of sustainability are widely recognized, and his addition will only further our efforts to tell this compelling story,” said Mr. Braun in announcing the hire.

Dr. Peoples comes to CRI after a distinguished 24-year career with Monsanto/Solutia. Most recently, Dr. Peoples served as Director, Carpet Sustainability and Market Development in Solutia’s Integrated Nylon Business. He has been actively involved in carpet recycling, technology licensing, and carpet-related health and indoor quality issues.

“I have been impressed with the accomplishments of CRI under its new leadership. I feel fortunate to become part of this team. I will now be able to have an impact on a national level and with the help of the CARE board, I am confident we are going to meet our targets. At the same time we will foster the creation of a whole new industry and the jobs and economic impact that goes along with it,” Peoples said.

Dr. Peoples has also been active with CARE since its inception in January of 2002. He has served the organization in the capacity of vice chair and was named CARE Person of the Year for his contributions to the organization at last year’s annual meeting.

“CARE is a voluntary organization which stands on a solid foundation today because of the efforts of individuals like Bob Peoples who are involved with it. I am elated by the fact our organization will now fall under his leadership and direction. The fact Bob will devote even more of his time to seeing that we continue to progress in our effort to meet our lofty goals is a winning solution for all involved,” added Frank Hurd, chairman of CARE.

Dr. Peoples holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Purdue University. His interests include scientific reading, public education on science and technology, and golf. He serves his community with Board positions at the Pensacola Junior College Foundation, local chapter of the American Chemical Society, and the Clinical Investigation Review Board for Sacred Heart Hospital. His wife Donna is the Executive Director of the Pensacola Cultural Center and Pensacola Little Theatre. Daughter Lauren will be graduating from Southern Methodist University in May.