Coyuchi promotes Eileen Mockus to CEO
Organic cotton bedding and textiles source Coyuchi announced that its board of directors has elected Eileen Mockus as CEO, and appointed her to the board.
Mockus most recently served as vice president of product for Coyuchi and member of the interim office of the president. Her experience includes product development, production and strategy, and she has "contributed to Coyuchi's transformation into a rapidly emerging home textile brand with national recognition in the media and a retail Internet presence growing at over 60% per year," according to a company press release.
"I, along with my fellow board members Ranjeet Bhatia and Steven Alan, am delighted that Eileen Mockus will lead Coyuchi during the next phase of its growth," said Kevin Brine, chairman of Coyuchi. "Eileen has been the driving force in bringing to the market Coyuchi's current product offerings. She is a strong leader with a passion for textile design, a comprehensive knowledge of the production process and a proven record of execution. We strongly endorse Eileen's vision of Coyuchi's future."
Mockus recently spearheaded efforts leading to the company's certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard, with Coyuchi products produced using fair-labor practices verified by in-country auditors.
Mockus joined Coyuchi with practical, technical and entrepreneurial experience in the international textile and sewn products industry. Developing a passion for textiles in her youth, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in textile and clothing from the University of California, Davis, where she graduated with college and department honors. Subsequently, she earned a Master's of Science in business administration with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship at San Francisco State University.
After completing her technical and academic studies in textiles, she worked in textile production, sourcing and materials testing for such brands as North Face, Patagonia and Pottery Barn Kids. Mockus is also knowledgeable about the technical side of the textile business from her background in materials research and merchandise testing.