WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Malone, president and COO of Milliken & Company, will be the opening speaker for the 10th Annual National Textile Center (NTC) Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 10-12.

Milliken is one of the world's largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers. Five noted academic speakers also will be featured. Malone will share his perspective on the contributions of the NTC over the last 10 years as well as his view of the future of the textile industry in the USA.

A member of the Chief Executives' Organization and the Presidents' Circle, Malone also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Engineering of the National Science Foundation, the Council on competitiveness. He was named 1994 Leader of the Year by Textile World and was recently named as one of the top 50 ``Textile Leaders of the Century.''

The NTC Forum will be held February 10-12, 2002, at the Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Complete details on the Forum and research topics to be covered can be found at the NTC web site, ntcresearch.org.