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Former Foreign Agricultural Service Official John J. Reddington Appointed President of U.S. Hide, Skin & Leather Association

Friday, November 1, 2002

Washington, DC—The U.S. Hide, Skin & Leather Association (USHSLA) announced today the appointment of John J. Reddington as its new president. Reddington is a 23-year veteran of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) who has served in posts worldwide. He joins USHSLA Nov. 5, 2002.

In his last position at FAS, he served as the director of the Dairy, Livestock and Poultry Division. He also served as special assistant to the FAS deputy administrator, counselor for agricultural affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, assistant deputy administrator for analysis, deputy director of the Tobacco, Cotton and Seeds Division and as an agricultural attaché in New Zealand, Pakistan and the Netherlands. He began his career at FAS as an economist in the Oilseeds and Products Division.

Reddington currently is president of his export consulting firm, American International Agribusiness Alliance, in Arlington, VA.

“John Reddington’s broad experience in international trade and government agencies in Washington is an asset to the U.S. Hide, Skin & Leather Association,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.

Reddington will serve as a liaison with numerous allied trade associations and represent the industry’s interests in Washington, DC. The association constantly monitors matters affecting the industry and participates in programs involving export sales reporting, export statistics and hide price reporting.

Reddington earned a bachelor’s degree in resource economics from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He also participated in the Department of State’s Senior Seminar from 1993 to 1994.

USHSLA is the exclusive representative of the hide and skin industry in the U.S. Member companies include meat packers, hide processors, brokers, dealers and exporters.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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