Comings & Goings | Oct 10, 2017 |
Design professionals on the move

Many notable promotions and career changes are stirring up the industry. Check out the latest professionals making moves within the home space.


Design firm KAI recently added four new members to its national team: Terry Crotty and Ali Summerford have been named senior interior designers, while Jasmine Martin and Asha Perez have joined as interiors specialists.

Amy Williams, former vice president of HDR’s Los Angeles architecture studio, has assumed the managing principal role in the firm’s Minneapolis studio. Williams holds 20 years of experience in the corporate and commercial sectors, with eight of those spent leading award-winning architecture firms. The firm also named Harold Thompson, formerly of CallisonRTKL, as managing principal in its Dallas studio.

Manufacturer of architectural materials and solutions 3form, a Hunter Douglas company, has announced Christian Darby as vice president of design. Prior to 3form, Darby was the global innovation design director at Nike.

Dallas-based firm MatchLine Design Group has welcomed interior designer Andi Marquise to its team. Marquise will be working primarily with hospitality clients, including Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Aloft.

Former SPAN Architecture partner Jean-Gabriel Neukomm has opened his own namesake firm. JG Neukomm Architecture is based in New York City.


The Consultancy PR welcomes Colette Sabins, New York City–based senior account manager, and Kelly Schofield, L.A.-based PR assistant, to its team.

The Hearst Design Group has welcomed two new hires. Vanessa Lawrence, formerly of W magazine, has joined Elle Decor as senior editor. Charles Curkin moved from The Wall Street Journal to serve as articles editor of the Hearst Design Group, which includes Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda.

Hello PR Group recently welcomed Lisa O’Leary to the team. She’ll be overseeing accounts such as Ohara Davies-Gaetano, Ike Kligerman Barkley, Bend Goods and more.

Luxe Interiors + Design has several new introductions to its L.A. team: Vanessa Kogevinas has been appointed to associate publisher, while Jane Gibbons was promoted to director of business development. Debbe Levy, Virginia Williams and Athena Macfarland have been named sales directors for Luxe Los Angeles. All team members report to regional publisher Shannon Ratcliffe.

Dering Hall has named DeForest Wayne, formerly of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens, as its new director of business development. Forest will be working with designers and architects on the West Coast in an effort to build the brand.


Darren deMatteo, a member of the founding family of Avery Boardman and Carlyle, which were bought by Ira Glazer earlier this year, is no longer with the company.

High-end bath outfitter Wetstyle expanded its marketing division with Pat Hénaire, executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Édouard Bourgault, creative and marketing director.

Sally Walshe, vice president of sales and marketing at EF+LM, has left the company.

Global Views has announced Paul Watson as the new vice president of business development. He will be relocating to Dallas to work in the corporate offices. Prior to the move, Watson served as president of Christopher Guy Americas and vice president of business development of International Market Centers.

Austin-based art consultancy firm Eaton Fine Art welcomed Matt Smith and Gina Ortegon as sales representatives for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The new hires come to the firm from Smith Brown.

L.A.-based rug purveyor Marc Phillips has named Holly Ellis business development and sales outreach for the Southern California region. Most recently, Ellis previously served as a business development manager at Fromental.

Custom upholstery specialist Nathan Anthony Furniture has appointed Randy Gleckman as national sales manager. In his new role, Gleckman will be responsible for growing dealer sales, as well as the interior design and hospitality segments of the business.

Decorative arts gallery Newel recently appointed Kiel Wuellner to director of sales and acquisitions. Prior to Newel, Wuellner served as the design director of David Scott Interiors.

Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles has undergone several recent shifts. Founder Kathyrn Ireland’s son, Otis Weiss, has acquired the brand and been placed as CEO. Ireland will serve as creative director while also operating her interior design studio.

Contemporary furniture brand Fritz Hansen recently appointed Henning von Gerstenberg Rosted to CEO in the Americas. Prior to joining Fritz Hansen, Henning held executive positions with Carl Hansen & Son Japan and Bang & Olufsen.

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