Nurturing a culture that is fueled by curiosity, inspired by possibilities, guided by science, and dedicated to translating our customers’ vision for their products into reality — meet the leadership team at drirelease.


General Manager | Optimer Brands

Ashwin Jaju directs overall business strategy for the drirelease business unit of Optimer Brands. He also oversees R&D for drirelease. Since joining Optimer in 2003, this textile industry veteran has built and managed a global supply chain of yarn spinners and fabric mills. Ashwin earned his Master’s in Textile from Philadelphia University, and holds a B.S. in Man Made Textile Technology from India’s DKTE’s Textile and Engineering Institute.


East Coast Business Development | Optimer Brands

Lee Thompson directs sales for drirelease and is responsible for marketing this patented comfort technology to apparel brands and retailers in eastern North America. He has more than a decade of experience with drirelease. Prior to joining Optimer, Lee worked within the spun yarn industry as a sales representative for Tuscarora Yarns, Dixie Yarns and Avondale Mills.  He holds a B.S. in Textile and Apparel Management from North Carolina State University.