In a recently issued release, the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) stated that Dr. A Sakthivel, a Padmashree awardee has been unanimously elected as the vice chairman of the export body for the year 2018-19.
Sakthivel has an illustrious track record having been the chairman of AEPC on three previous occasions that include 1998, 2004 and 2012. Besides, over the past three-and-a-half decades, he has been an executive committee member of AEPC.
Sakthivel in his earlier tenures as AEPC chairman was the driving force for key projects, which include Knitwear technology mission, the Sector Skill Council for Apparel, a national Social Compliance Project for apparel sector. In addition, he had been instrumental in many other initiatives for holistic development of the apparel sector.
In his career spanning four decades so far, Sakthivel had held various key positions like that of the Chairman of Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC). He is also the founder President of Tirupur Exporters’ Association (TEA) and has served the TEA for 25 years. He is the major player responsible for placing Tirupur on the global map as a textile cluster that sources knitwear.
Dr. Sakthivel has also served as the President of Federation of Indian Exports Organisations (FIEO) and currently holds the position of FIEO Chairman for Southern Region. He is the first Chairman of Sector Skill Council for Apparel, Made-ups & Handlooms (SSCAMH) which has the mandate to develop skills repository standards, evaluation criterion, accreditation system for creating employability in the apparel sector.
He is also the Chairman of Poppys Knitwear, Tirupur which exports to over 50 countries worldwide and is a trusted supplier to global brands like Marks & Spencer’s, Next and Tesco, Waitrose, Mothercare, Debenhams, John Lewis, etc.