The Cotton Board has named Johnny Pitts, director, field services — east and Michael Kelley, director, field services — west. Both will report directly to William P. Crawford, president and CEO of the Memphis-based Cotton Board.

Leah Reed, southwest field manager will report to Kelley and Mark Bankston, southeast field manager, will report to Pitts.

“Mike and Johnny have strong relationships with our board, as well as with other industry association representatives in their respective areas and this change will allow them to more directly nurture those relationships,” said Crawford.

Cotton Board Field Staff are direct links to the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. They are responsible for keeping cotton producers informed about Cotton Research and Promotion activities.

The Cotton Board administers and oversees the Cotton Research and Promotion Program conducted by Cotton Incorporated for U.S. cotton producers and importers.