Collins & Aikman Corporation (NYSE:CKC) today announced the appointment of James T. Zajdel as Director of Financial Analysis & Special Projects. In making the announcement, Kenneth J. Arndorfer, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, reinforced the Company’s commitment to attracting dedicated and experienced individuals that will help further strengthen the Company’s long-term business strategies.

As Director of Financial Analysis & Special Projects, Zajdel will have responsibility for developing and implementing best-in-class methods and systems for the Company’s financial and operational analysis function, and providing support in developing budgeting and forecasting systems for the Company’s business planning. In addition, Zajdel will be a key participant in the development and execution of Collins & Aikman’s e-commerce strategies.

“I’m extremely pleased to have Zajdel joining the financial planning and analysis function for Collins & Aikman,” said Arndorfer. “His extensive automotive background will be a strategic asset as we continue to grow our business globally, and I’m confident that his experience will help further strengthen our financial team.”

Prior to joining Collins & Aikman, Zajdel was Director of Financial Systems for TRW Automotive. Zajdel earned a bachelor of science degree in business information systems from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, Penn., and a master’s of science in corporate finance from Walsh College in Troy, Mich.

Collins & Aikman is a global leader in floor and acoustic systems and a leading supplier of automotive fabric, interior trim, and convertible top systems. The company’s operations span the globe through 63 facilities and nearly 16,000 employees in 12 countries who are committed to achieving total excellence. Collins & Aikman’s high-quality products combine industry-leading design and styling capabilities, superior manufacturing capabilities and the industry’s most effective NVH “quiet” technologies. Information about Collins & Aikman is available on the Internet at