comings & goings | Jul 8, 2024 |
Mitchell Owens takes the helm at The Magazine Antiques, new CEOs at major industry retailers, and more

From CEO change-ups to executive hirings, the industry continues to warm up like the summer air. Read on for BOH’s monthly roundup of arrivals and departures in design, manufacturing, media and more.

Media & PR
The Magazine Antiques welcomes Mitchell Owens as editor in chief, replacing the late editor in chief Gregory Cerio. Owens was previously the American editor of The World of Interiors; his long career also includes stints as a design editor at Architectural Digest and Elle Decor and a columnist for The New York Times.

The Consultancy PR has announced three new team members: Catie Currie, who joins as account executive, and Caroline Hoff and Kristina Avena, who are both senior account managers. Hoff’s previous role was account supervisor at boutique PR firm Relevance International, and Avena brings experience from her work as an account manager at Power Digital Marketing, where she specialized in the home and lifestyle industries.

Hello PR Group has announced several promotions and new hires. Catherine Santonacita has been promoted to managing director after being with the company since 2017. Risa Wadhams and Delaney Bailey have been promoted to account managers after two years with the company. Brian Chan joins the firm as account director, having previously served as senior account manager at Karla Otto; while Julia Kelley, a former marketing intern at ZGF Architects, comes on board as an account coordinator.

Hospitality development firm The Hardy Group has promoted Nathan Hall to director of operations. He succeeds Rocky Marzzarella, who is now the executive managing director. Hall joined the company in 2005 as an on-site project manager, and had previously held the roles of project executive, development manager and senior project director at the company.

Retail & Manufacturing
BSH Home Appliances Corporation, the parent company of Gaggenau, Thermador and Bosch appliances, appointed Darcy Clarkson as CEO of its North American operations. Clarkson was most recently the chief commercial officer at electronics manufacturing company Nanoleaf, and was previously senior vice president of consumer and retail sales for telecommunications company Poly.

Cabinet manufacturer Cabinetworks Group has appointed Jeff Jackson as CEO. He succeeds John Barkhouse, who transitioned into an advisory role at the company. Jackson was previously the CEO of building materials company PGT Innovations.

Amisco, the Canadian customizable furniture company, recently underwent a leadership transition, with Luc Robitaille becoming CEO after serving as president and chief operating officer since 2022. Former CEO Réjean Poitras, who was at the helm for 28 years, will remain on the board of directors and enter into an advisory role.

Serta Simmons Bedding appointed Jim Loree as CEO. He succeeds interim CEO Mark Genender, who will remain on the board of directors as chairman. Loree was previously CEO of Stanley Black & Decker from 2016 to 2022. The company also hired Cesar Perez as its new chief financial officer. Perez was recently vice president of finance for the aerospace parts manufacturer Woodward Inc., as well as CFO for North America at appliance manufacturing company Electrolux.

Fabric manufacturer Glen Raven Inc.—the parent company of flagship brand Sunbrella—announced Joseph Davis as the new president of Glen Raven Material Solutions Group, following the retirement of David Swers. Prior to joining the company, Davis was the president and general manager of Jacuzzi Luxury Bath.

Universal Furniture welcomes Rick Lovegrove as vice president of upholstery. Lovegrove joins the company after a decade at Four Hands, where he was most recently president of upholstery.

Palliser Furniture Group, the Winnipeg, Canada–based parent company of retailers Palliser and EQ3, announced Wendy Ferris has been reappointed Chief Culture & People Officer. Ferris has been with the company since 2018, most recently as a senior executive advisor. In her return to the role, she will oversee the company’s HR departments in Canada and Mexico.

Cariloha, a manufacturer of sustainable bedding, bath and apparel, has appointed Kristin Sugar as its new senior vice president of wholesale sales. Before this, Sugar spent seven years at TempurPedic as regional sales manager, and then helped develop the wholesale program for bedroom furniture and accessories company Resident Home.

After 34 years, EJ Victor co-founder John Jokinen will transition out of his day-to-day operational role at the company, assuming an advisory role as board chairman. The move follows the appointment of CEO Richard Oliver last September.

Swedish bed and bedding brand Hästens has appointed David Lee Hatchard as its chief design officer. Hatchard previously worked at Apple, where he oversaw the development and design of stores in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Dallas-based furniture, accessories and wall decor company Arteriors has appointed Aimee Sheeran as its first vice president of hospitality and contract. Sheeran was most recently the vice president of commercial and retail sales for the outdoor furniture company Brown Jordan.

Kitchen manufacturer Nobilia North America announced the appointment of Cheryl Fenelle Dixon to the newly created role of senior vice president of marketing and communications. Dixon was previously the principal communication strategy consultant at Perfectly Clear Communications, as well as an adjunct professor of graduate-level communications classes at Columbia University.

Geberit North America, the Illinois-based sanitary technology company, has promoted Ronn Jefferson as the West region sales and builder manager. Jefferson has been with the company for 19 years, starting as a senior design engineer in new product development, and recently serving as product manager.

To the Trade
Beacon Custom Lighting, the boutique lighting studio with locations in High Point, North Carolina, and the Czech Republic, announced the appointment of Frank Leyon as president of the company. Prior to this, Leyon served as the global sales director at Oly Studio since 2014.

Nourison Home, the New Jersey–based floorcovering and home accents company, has hired Wayne Pezzino as its new vice president of sales. Prior to joining the team, Pezzino held the same position at Ashley Furniture Industries.

Online wholesale marketplace Faire has hired Thuan Pham as its new chief technology officer. Pham was previously the CTO at Uber and e-commerce company Coupang. Former CTO and Faire co-founder Marcelo Cortes will move into the new role of chief architect.

Design & Architecture
St. Louis–based design firm Lawrence Group welcomes Anne Gallagher as senior director of client development. Before joining the company, Gallagher was the director of business development for the education staffing firm ESS, where she managed the business development of public school districts in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Jessica Lysons was appointed as The Noguchi Museum’s new director of finance. Lysons had been the director of finance and administration at the nonprofit New York news site The City and for the charity Powerhouse Arts.

Long Island–based firm Marshall Paetzel Landscape Architecture welcomed Josue Cruz to the team as a senior design associate. He was previously an associate designer at LaGuardia Design Group.

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