The association met for its Annual Meeting from October 12-13, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois. The board has also elected Alexa Ryan of Cargill to the LHCA’s Executive Committee.

York succeeds outgoing Co-chair Kerry Brozyna of Wolverine Worldwide and will serve alongside Co-chair Chad Robertson of Harland M. Braun.

He said: “I am pleased to assume this leadership role at the association. LHCA is a crucial vehicle for advancing leather’s future as a sustainable material solution across categories. I thank the board for their confidence in our collective vision of a vibrant future for the U.S. hides, skins and leather industry.”

Brozyna added: “LHCA has spearheaded a number of exciting developments during my time as Co-chair, and it is an honour to pass that title along to Mike York. As the association’s new co-chairs, Chad and Mike ensure we have the experienced leadership necessary to meet the needs of our dynamic industry. I look forward to seeing what they have in store.”