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comings & goings
Elle Decor and AD swap editors, and other design professionals on the move
Dec 10, 2018
Robyn Smith

It’s the holiday season, and with that comes the joy of new hires. Read on to learn about new hires in media, manufacturing and more.

MEDIA & PR

Parker Bowie Larson, market director at Architectural Digest, is heading to Elle Decor for the second time (she was a market editor there from 2008 to 2012), now as the brand's new style director. She will replace Robert Rufino, who was recently named style director of House Beautiful.

At AD, Madeline O'Malley has been promoted to market editor, while Ben Reynaert is trading in his position as market editor at Elle Decor for a new role as senior style and market editor at the brand's ADPro vertical. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Ben on board to help define the look and feel of ADPro and its extended platforms," says Keith Pollock, Architectural Digest's executive director. "His impeccable taste, vast experience and deep industry knowledge make him a tremendous asset to the brand during this exciting and pivotal time and will prove invaluable in the next phase of the vertical’s growth.” The changes are said to take effect January 7.

Luxe Interiors + Design named Kate Abney as homes editor for the magazine’s Southeast edition, which will debut in 2019 with a May/June issue. She will source and produce the features and stylemakers for the region, which includes the Carolinas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. This is Luxe’s 14th regional edition.

MANUFACTURING AND RETAIL

Kari Costas is now the marketing manager at F. Schumacher & Co. The former editor previously worked at HGTV magazine, Traditional Home and Lonny.

Kitchen design brand St. Charles New York tapped Barbara Fuller to be its new managing director. She has held executive positions Tumi, Lladro, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, Waterworks and most recently, LG Electronics’ Signature Kitchen Suite.

New Jersey–based wall manufacturer Tudelü has enacted a few corporate shifts. John Kendall was named new president and CEO, and the company’s founder and former CEO, Joel Klein, will now serve as vice president, product development and quality assurance.

Ethan Allen Interiors hired Mark Cechini as regional vice president of retail, overseeing the company’s Central Plains region, which includes Chicago and Minneapolis.

Kravet appointed Dallas Chapman as senior vice president of Kravet Contract. Chapman comes from Oriental Weavers Hospitality, where he was vice president of North American sales.

After almost 30 years with Marvin Windows and Doors, Darrin Peterson is now president of the company. Additionally, Dan Marvin was promoted to president of sister brand Infinity Windows and Doors. Both will work with Paul Marvin, CEO of parent company The Marvin Family of Brands.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Laguna Design Center named Kimberly Toonen as its new director of development. She will oversee the center’s rebranding and establish the building as a venue for events and galas in Laguna Niguel, California.

Missy Fink was appointed executive at Foley & Cox, replacing Barbara Maloney, who left the firm last month. Fink joins the New York–based firm from EJ Victor, where she managed the company’s showroom at 200 Lex.

Cindy Green was elected secretary of Color Marketing Group. She will begin her tenure at the Alexandria, Virginia–based association in January.

Kavitha Marudadu was promoted to associate principal at DMAC Architecture, a firm in Chicago. She has worked on a number of large projects, including the newly opened Midtown Athletic Club.

Architecture and design firm Perkins + Will is growing its Dallas office, naming Dori Mommers as a new designer. Mommers has a background in strategic spatial planning and design, and has designed multiple medical centers in Texas.

The Home Furnishings Association expanded its executive team. Doug Clark will serve as content manager and Candy Baker will be advertising and sponsorship manager. Both will report to Dan McCann, director of marketing and branding at the Roseville, California-based nonprofit.

Chicago-based interior design firm Simeone Deary Design Group has named Darlene Urgola Brown as principal. She joins from Gensler, a company she was with for 13 years, where she served as an associate and senior designer.

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