BROOKS G. TIPPETT
Vice President, Operations, Pantone, Pantone/X-Rite
Textile Color Supply Chain Manager, X-Rite, Pantone/X-Rite
GLOBAL SOURCING: From rising cost challenges to international trade, the first day of the WWD Global Sourcing and Global Markets Forum will focus on issues affecting all involved in the business of global sourcing and supply chain.
Ann Laidlaw is a Textile Color Supply Chain Manager at X-Rite Inc. Ms. Laidlaw works with textile and apparel supply chain accounts and is responsible for supporting users and colleagues, and for investigating innovative applications of color management for textiles and related industries.
She is an active member of ISCC, CORM, SPE, and DCC and has served on the boards of ISCC, AATCC, and CORM. She currently serves as ISCC Secretary. She the former chair of both AATCC's Color Measurement Test Methods Committee and the C2C Interest Group. Ms. Laidlaw is a frequent lecturer at industrial short courses and webinars. She is interested in color communication, color difference metrics, sample measurement issues, and how to squeeze maximum benefit out of these solutions for retailers and their supply chains.
Ms. Laidlaw received a B.S. degree in textile science from University of California Davis and an M.S. in color science from Clemson University. She worked for Burlington Industries, SheLyn, and GretagMacbeth prior to acquisition by X-Rite Inc. in 2006.
Brooks G. Tippett
Brooks Tippett is Vice President of Operations for Pantone. Mr. Tippett oversees all areas of manufacturing, product development, product planning, quality control, and logistics. He played a key role in the design and development of Pantone's new 175 colors, pioneered the SMART Color fashion and home system, and orchestrated Pantone's introduction of technically sound color standards.
Prior to working at Pantone, Mr. Tippett was Director of Sales and Marketing for Digital Printing Systems, Technical Manager for Excel Products, and Plant Chemist for Fieldcrest Cannon.
Mr. Tippett has a diverse background in many aspects of textile production with a special focus on color. He is an active member of AATCC and holds a B.S. degree in textile chemistry from Clemson University.