Comings & Goings | Nov 14, 2017 |
Design professionals on the move

From manufacturing and retail to marketing and design, keep tabs on the recent industry moves in EAL’s latest roundup of comings and goings.

In a unanimous approval, Ellen Kravet was named the new chairman of the New York School of Interior Design board of trustees. In the new role, she’ll oversee NYSID’s academic programs, as well as share insights on the administrative and financial operations.

Lou Verne by Studio 11 Design, a Dallas-based hospitality design firm, has welcomed Joshua Gregg as creative director and stylist. Gregg comes to the firm with years of experience as a senior art consultant with clients ranging from Disney and NBC-Universal to Wyndham and Hilton Worldwide.

Textile technology brand Milliken & Company has hired Dana Claire Larson as director of design and development for its newly launched Specialty Interiors business. A textile industry veteran, Larson will oversee all phases of the company’s new development process.

St. Louis–based KAI Design & Build recently welcomed three new members to its team, including Tom Graff as construction inspector, George Robin as senior electrical engineer and Scott Schmidt as electrical designer and revit specialist.

Washington, D.C.–based architecture and design firm //3877 has added three new members to its professional roster: architect Lesley Golenor, interior designer Jessica Swida and architecture expert Jean-Paul Fiedler.

San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group has announced the promotions of Jessica Ramos, Justin Colombik and Nick Domitrovich, who have risen from senior designers to studio directors.

Jamie Glushon recently left Laurel & Wolf to become the director of public relations at Hutch, the virtual redecorating app and web platform.

U.K.-based hardwood flooring supplier Havwoods International has welcomed Tony Lorenz as global chief marketing officer to help spearhead the brand’s international positioning.

The Hearst Design Group, comprising Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda and Metropolitan Home, has welcomed Emma Bazilian as senior editor, articles. Formerly a features editor at Adweek, Bazilian will now be contributing primarily to House Beautiful, among the other HDG titles.

New York–based 5WPR recently welcomed Gina McNamee and Michelle Garay to its home and housewares team. McNamee will oversee brands such as Nectar Sleep, Micro Cotton, X-Chair and more, while Garay will work with event company Fete NY, among others.

Real estate financier iStar has hired Kate Doerge as senior vice president of marketing. Prior to her new title, Doerge was a partner at fashion and lifestyle PR firm Paul Wilmot Communications.

UpSpring PR has welcomed Ashley Fidler Bond to the team as a senior communications director. She will manage a client roster featuring Pantone Light, Skram, Original BTC and Studio Dunn.

The Robert Allen Duralee Group recently added Victoria Corea as the senior director of marketing and advertising. Corea will be reporting to Robin Gordon of the RAD Group.

Susan Whalen
has been named president of Pollack | Weitzner by the company's board of directors. She began her career at Pollack over 18 years ago as a studio manager, eventually moving to the business side and becoming vice president and chief operating officer in 2006.

In an effort to build its presence among designer and dealer communities, antiques marketplace DECASO has added three new members to its team. New York–based Keane Ryan will oversee the acquisition of dealers and makers on the East Coast as the new director of dealer relations. Ray Raymakers, of the Netherlands, will focus on the brand’s European expansion as he oversees dealer relations in Europe. And to cultivate interior design community relationships, the brand has appointed Marisa Marcantonio as director of trade relations for both DECASO and sister brand Chairish.

Craftsman brand Chaddock has named Andrew Crone as the new president and CEO. Having previously served as the vice president of sales and merchandising at Chaddock, Crone will continue to influence product direction in his new role. The brand also recently announced the appointments of Gene Bullis to chief finance officer and James Kennedy to chief manufacturing officer.

Textile maker Merida has announced Craig Boelson as business development manager in its Los Angeles studio, where he’ll be responsible for establishing designer relationships with the company and its bespoke process.

Theodore Alexander has named Doris Phua as CEO. Previously the CEO of the Da Vinci Group, Phua brings more than 18 years of high-end furniture distribution and operation experience in international markets.

Havwoods International has appointed Peter Jones to global chief operating officer and Andrew Barnes to global chief finance officer. The new board-level roles are an effort to help drive the brand’s global development.

Jed Johnson Home has named Blake Haase national director of sales and operations. Previously a sales representative at Rogers & Goffigon Ltd., Haase brings 20 years of industry experience to the New York City–based company.

Dutch tile manufacturer Mosa is expanding its U.S. presence with four new additions to the architectural sales team nationwide. The new consultants include Matt Kurz in Los Angeles, Denise Mueller in Chicago, Romy Seife in Miami and Tyler York in Washington, D.C.

Art curator Bridget Finn has left her role as director at Mitchell-Innes & Nash to take over the managing director title at Reyes Projects, a contemporary gallery in her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan.

St. Louis–based Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Kevin Rogers to branch manager in its Chicago Facades branch. Formerly a sales and project manager within the company, Rogers will now be responsible for managing sales and operations in the Chicago branch, as well as developing restoration projects within the region.

With plans to extend the art and design focus of the fair, Collective Design has named Rozalia Jovanic to the role of fair director and Deborah Harris to the newly created position of director of art initiatives.

inCollect welcomed Nicole Kapit, formerly of Newel, to its team as the new executive vice president of trade relations.

Ryan Palian has left his position at 1stdibs to join Dering Hall’s sales and new business development department.

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