Comings & Goings | Sep 6, 2018 |
Design professionals on the move

The latest corporate shifts from Hearst, Meredith, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and more in this month’s Comings & Goings roundup. Here’s what you need to know.


Clinton Smith is leaving his role as Veranda editor in chief after five years.

Tori Mellott has departed from Traditional Home to become style director at Schumacher, working with her mentor Dara Caponigro. Mellott was senior design and market editor at the Meredith title for seven years.

Kari Costas is the new managing editor at Hospitality Design. She previously held editorial roles at HGTV Magazine, Traditional Home and Lonny.

Former House Beautiful editorial assistant Haley Chouinard is now the assistant editor at Galerie.

The Consultancy PR has added four to its team: Ariana Mahban and Jillian DeSantis are new senior account managers working in the firm’s New York office. Zoë Kingsley and Adelaide Zoller are both account coordinators, working in New York and Los Angeles, respectively.

The McGraw Agency has welcomed two team members. The newly hired account manager Andrew Young previously held senior positions at BPCM, Bradbury Lewis and Full Picture, while new junior account executive Kristin Slomiany recently graduated from Kent State University.

After almost eight years, Dharine Surenthiran has left her role at Camron PR. She will join the team at Tomorrow PR as associate director.


The Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation has named Paul Whalen, who serves as partner and studio leader at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, to chairman. In the new role, he will create programs based on architecture, art and culture.

Home on Cameron, an Alexandria, Virginia–based design studio and furnishings shop, added Emily Bishop to its team of in-house design experts. Bishop ran her own namesake firm before joining Home on Cameron's design studio and considers high-end residential spaces her specialty.

TPG Architecture has named both Suo Lien and Ricardo Nabholz as creative directors. Nabholz will focus on elevating current and future projects, and Lien will handle merging workplace strategy and design.

Beth Campbell has been named chief executive officer of Wilson Associates. Based in Los Angeles, she will kickstart the company’s expansion in emerging markets. She will replace Vincent Liew, who was executive board member of Wilson and its parent firm Arcplus for two years.


Jennifer Matthews has recently been hired full-time as Viyet’s head of showroom and trade sales. She was previously publisher of C&G Media Group for five years.

Restoration Hardware named Ryno Blignaut as president and chief financial and administrative officer. He hails from aviation company Wheels Up, and will replace Karen Boone.

November Rawlings has left her role at Ethan Allen. She worked with the Danbury, Connecticut–based brand for 22 years, most recently as manager of public relations and events.

Holly Hunt has named Halley Kehoe as its new marketing director. She is replacing Curt Kendall, who held the role for over 11 years. Kehoe previously held directorial roles at Beam Suntory and also formerly served as marketing director at NeoCon.

Chris Ward is Century Furniture’s new vice president of finance. Ward has been with the legacy furniture brand since 1997.

Barbour Spangle Design has two new team members: Jordan Neises has been brought on as designer, and Hope Tucker as design assistant. This addition makes the firm one of the largest in the region.

Charley Holt has left his role at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. He was the brand’s vice president of marketing for over 17 years.

Federico Contigiani is the new vice president of contract sales and marketing at Rock House Farm, which is the parent company of Century Furniture and Highland House. He previously managed international contract businesses at Jonathan Charles Furniture.

Universal Furniture has brought Jared Worrall aboard as vice president of sales for the West region. He previously held leadership roles at Furnitureland South and International Market Centers. The former VP, Chris DeLisa, has transitioned to become VP of sales for the East region.

EJ Victor has named James Kennedy as vice president of operations. Kennedy has over 30 years of experience in the furniture industry, with much of that time spent at Henredon and Baker. He will focus on improving the brand’s sustainability and local production.

Thos. Moser has named Brad Kauffman as chief revenue officer. Kauffman, who held executive roles at L.L. Bean for over two decades and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for five years, will increase the brand’s catalog and digital sales revenue and implement merchandising strategies at its six showrooms.

Ron Retaleato has been promoted to national sales director at Crosswater London. He will manage the company’s external sales team in the U.S. and Canada as well as his previous territory in the Southeast.

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