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comings & goings
Design professionals on the move
Aug 2, 2018
Robyn Smith

Recent industry shifts inside Hearst, Hansgrohe, DIFFA and elsewhere make up this month’s Comings & Goings roundup. Here’s the news to know.

MEDIA & PR

Troy Young has been named president of Hearst Magazines, succeeding David Carey. His former role was Hearst Magazines Digital Media president, which he had held since 2013.

Galerie has hired two new editors: Jill Sieracki, a former Brides managing editor, became managing editor in early July. Juan Parra, previously art director at Modern Luxury, is now the magazine’s design director.

HL Group has named Jennifer Powell Tumpowsky as new senior vice president of its home and design team, replacing Kara Marmion, who was with HL for six years. Powell's former roles include president and founder of her own firm, Powell Tumpowsky PR, and marketing/PR roles with Moxie Marketing & Communications and Kravet.

Colette Sabins is now a media relations specialist at Circa Lighting based in Savannah, Georgia. She was previously a senior account manager at The Consultancy PR and held PR positions at both The Rug Company and HL Group.

DNA Strategic Consulting has hired Leah S. Blank as director. Blank comes from the New York Design Center, where she led marketing and special events for over 12 years, including What’s New, What’s Next.

Andrew Joseph Public Relations brought on Julie Thomas as account manager. She was previously the PR coordinator for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

Bunny Williams Home has named Kyle Marshall as its creative director. This new hire follows the departure of Jen Potter, former CEO, and Audrey Margarite, former creative director, who have launched lifestyle goods company Fête Home.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) has named Dawn Roberson as its new executive director. She was the organization’s events director for the past five years.

Hansgrohe has announced several new executives. Its supervisory board has appointed Hans-Juergen Kalmbach as chairman of the executive board of Hansgrohe Group. Kalmbach succeeds Thorsten Klapproth, who has been CEO for the past four years. Reinhard Mayer has been appointed deputy chairman to serve alongside Kalmbach. Across the pond, Oliver Bahr has been appointed president and general manager of Hansgrohe USA, succeeding interim president Sibylle Mair. Bahr was formerly president of Franke Kitchen Systems North America.

Global architecture, interiors and planning firm HLW has made several corporate moves recently in its New Jersey office. Gina Racz has been promoted to senior associate, Wendy Ceron has been promoted to associate, and Melissa Insinga has joined as senior designer.

Parterre Flooring Systems has named David Kelly as CFO. Formerly vice president of finance and controller at Captivate, Inc., Kelly brings over 10 years of experience to Parterre.

Aaron Mensik has joined Concertex as its design director to lead the studio and curate the brand’s aesthetic. He brings over two decades of experience at Brentano Fabrics, designing textiles and wovens.

San Francisco–based architecture and design firm Blitz has appointed Riz Walker as senior designer in its new Los Angeles office. She will work with Seth Hanley, principal and L.A. managing partner, to advance the firm’s approach to design and delivery of human-centered environments. Prior to her role at Blitz, Walker served as designer and workplace strategist for Omgivning.

Architecture firm Francis Cauffman has recently expanded its senior leadership team. Wan C. Leung was appointed to principal in the firm’s science and technology portfolio. Two senior project managers have become shareholders: Denise Thompson and Kelly Lemon Miller, who have been with the brand since 2003 and 2007, respectively.

Austin-based firm Perkins+Will has promoted Matt Taylor from associate principal to principal, where he’ll continue to lead technical coordination and project management. This comes after the firm merged with Lauckgroup at the end of March.

Lindsey Ridell is now director of communications at Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors. She was formerly the director of marketing and communications at Fred Leighton.

SALES, MANUFACTURING & RETAIL

Harvey Dondero will conclude his second tenure as Broyhill president on August 2. He had previously served as CEO-president of the brand between 2005 and 2007. Dondero has also held executive roles at Theodore Alexander, Universal Furniture, and Wedgwood. The change comes in light of Broyhill’s parent company, Heritage Home Group, announcing that it will sell the brand. His successor will be David Workman, senior vice president of sales.

After 15 years of working a variety of roles in New York showrooms for Jerry Pair, Phillip Thomas, and, most recently, Robert Allen, Todd Bender has joined Quadrille as a senior sales associate.

Arte Italica has made a few corporate shifts. Mary Ann Hairfield has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, and Alma Calderon is now customer service and office manager. Both have been with the brand for 12 years.

Industry veteran Robert Cribbs has been named president of Spectra Home. Former president John Hoff retired this summer after the brand’s merger with Palatial Home.

Snaidero USA hired Jessica Cairncross as director of sales and business development. Her most recent role was vice president of sales for Ligne Roset, working to develop its retail network in the Americas.

LIXIL Americas, the division under which American Standard, DXV and GROHE operate, has named Katty Pien as its new chief marketing officer. She brings over 20 years of experience in global marketing, and most recently hails from Edgewell Personal Care.

Liberté Nuti will take over as international senior director of impressionist and modern for London-based art gallery Hauser & Wirth starting in October. She’ll focus on strategic expansion of secondary market private sales, as well as advise the gallery’s 26 artist estates. Nuti served at Christie’s for 20-plus years, most recently as the international director of impressionist and modern.

Wolf-Gordon has named Jay Imperatori as vice president of sales. He previously served four years as senior vice president of sales at Panolam Surfacing and 16 years as a sales manager and commercial buildings sales representative at Mohawk Group. He'll oversee the company-wide sales organization.

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