Leading eco-friendly home goods brand Coyuchi, Inc. has just announced that the board of directors has elected Eileen Mockus as Chief Executive Officer, and appointed her to the board. Mockus, who most recently served as Vice President of Product for Coyuchi and Member of the Interim Office of the President, brings a wealth of experience in product development, production and strategy, and has already 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 percent per year.
“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.”
Steadfastly committed to the creation and articulation of the values of the brand through her insistence on the quality, touch and reverent sourcing, Mockus has recently spearheaded efforts leading to one of the largest product-line certifications to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), with Coyuchi products produced using fair-labor practices verified by in-country auditors.
The Board’s selection of Mockus as Coyuchi’s next CEO is in recognition of her skills as a consummate leader, her demonstrated commitment to the quality and design of the Coyuchi textile product line, and her passion for the special kind of beauty, sourced in natural and organic fabrics which Coyuchi creates for the home.
“Coyuchi is one of the pioneers in bringing organic cotton home textiles to the market,” says Mockus. “It’s been such a pleasure to work with Coyuchi on our product assortment and I look forward to sharing our unique textures and organic bedding with our dealers and customers across the country.”
Mockus joined Coyuchi with notable practical, technical and entrepreneurial experience in the international textile and sewn products industry. Developing a passion for textiles in her youth, Eileen followed through with a Bachelor of Science 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 iconic brands as North Face, Patagonia and Pottery Barn Kids. Mockus also has a deep knowledge of the technical side of the textile business from her background in materials research and merchandise testing.