Milliken has hired textile industry veteran Dana Claire Larson as director of design and development for its newly-integrated specialty interiors business. The addition of Larson enhances the seasoned team of business, sales, marketing, and design professionals Milliken continues to build to exceed the needs of textile customers and prospects across a wide range of industries, including home, office, healthcare, hospitality and specialty events.

Larson spent nearly 20 years in advanced technical textile and design roles and has become a well-known name in the contract textile industry. She brings broad and deep knowledge of all aspects of textile design, yarn development, and textile manufacturing processes, as well as keen business and analytical insight. Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles from Michigan State University, a two-year post-baccalaureate certificate in woven textile design from Philadelphia University and an MBA from the University of Maine.

In her new role, Larson will lead a team of designers, development engineers, and technicians in all phases of the new product development process. She will collaborate closely with customers, sales and marketing teams, and manufacturing partners to create and commercialize new innovative fabrics for the commercial interiors, hospitality, healthcare, and residential markets.

“The addition of Dana Claire further demonstrates Milliken’s commitment to better serving the needs of our customers by investing heavily in our newly-integrated specialty interiors business,” said Jennifer K. Harmon, vice-president, of Milliken specialty interiors. “With her technical background, yarn development expertise and innovative spirit, she will be an incredible addition to our team and a valued resource for our customers.”

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