comings & goings | Jul 29, 2019 |
New executives at IMC, Artsy, Arper and more

The sweet sizzle of July turns up the heat on exciting new chapters for these industry professionals. Read on to learn about the latest hires in design, manufacturing, media and more.

MEDIA & PR

Bethan Beckett has joined the lifestyle team at The Communications Store as a senior account manager. Her clients will include Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. Beckett was previously a senior account manager at Camron PR in London.

Kristen Weil now works at Carfrae Consulting as communications director, where she is working with the firm’s first interiors client, RH. Weil was previously with New York firm Head & Head PR for five years.

Katherine Boncher has joined the team at Chicago PR firm Jo Chicago as account manager. She will work with the International Interior Design Association, among other clients. The firm also promoted several team members: Mary Mullen was named account supervisor, leading the team on several interior design and architecture clients, and Naomi Hoffner was named account coordinator.

Maddie Kraus has moved to Los Angeles, where she will represent a handful of clients independently. Kraus previously worked in New York at The Consultancy PR, HL Group and Head & Hand PR.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Scottsdale, Arizona– and Washington, D.C.–based firm Monogram Hospitality Interiors at BBGM has appointed Josh Mason as its design director. Working out of the D.C. office, Mason will lead daily operations for the firm’s hospitality projects.

Atlanta-based Harrison Design named Cynthia Andersen as its new vice president and chief financial officer. She will lead the company’s accounting, finance, HR and IT. Harrison Design employs a team of more than 65 architects and designers across eight locations in the U.S. and one in Shanghai.

MANUFACTURING & RETAIL

India Hicks announced earlier this month that her eponymous lifestyle line is shuttering. “Over the coming days, we will be thoughtfully winding down our business, taking along the gifts of life lived, lessons learned and true friendships made,” wrote Hicks in a farewell email.

Artsy appointed new CEO Mike Steib in late June with the aim of increasing the value of its two-sided marketplace. After developing robust editorial content, the company is now shifting its focus to expanding its e-commerce.

Furniture brand Arper has appointed Arimin Broger as its new CEO; he will be based at its headquarters in Treviso, Italy. Before Arper, Broger was a head executive at B&B Italia, Esprit, Levi Strauss, Diesel, Disney and others.

Newell Brands has appointed Ravi Saligram, the former CEO of OfficeMax, as president and CEO, and a member of the company's board of directors, effective October 2, 2019. He succeeds Michael Polk, who left the company in June.

Kristin Smith is the new COO of the venture-backed furniture rental startup Fernish, bringing over two decades of experience in product operations.

New Zealand–based luxury appliance brand Fisher & Paykel announced four new members of its North American executive team: Fraser Allan as CFO, Jeff Gunderson as senior vice president of retail sales, Jason Dillon as vice president of retail sales, and Pierre Martin as vice president of marketing.

Rifle Paper Co. has hired its first-ever creative director, Deborah Camplin. Camplin was previously senior vice president of design at Kate Spade New York; in her new role, she will drive the brand’s creative direction with new product launches, licenses and marketing.

The International Market Centers named Cain Brodie as general manager, effective August 1. He has been with the Las Vegas Market team for the past decade. As general manager, Brodie will lead strategy and management of the Las Vegas Design Center, including catering to the trade.

Nikki Savard is now communications director at New Jersey–based Garden State Tile. She was previously a senior account executive at Frank Advertising, also in New Jersey.

Jason Lowe moved from a sales role at Cowtan & Tout’s Decoration & Design Building showroom to a sales role at LV Wood, also in New York.

Duravit USA appointed Dean Camastro as its northeast regional sales manager, where he will lead sales in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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