Comings & Goings | Sep 23, 2019 |
New executives at Surface Media, ABC Carpet & Home and more

These industry professionals have buttoned up and buckled down now that fall has kicked into gear. Read on to learn about the latest hires in design, manufacturing, media and more.


Future Media Group appointed Diane Solway as editor in chief of Surface Media. She was previously features and culture director of W magazine, which FMG acquired in June. Solway began the role on September 4; she is responsible for managing content as well as expanding Surface magazine’s distribution on multiple platforms. “Diane played a pivotal role in creating the groundbreaking mix of art, design and fashion at W, which resonates with our own vision and was one of the key factors that led us to make W a cornerstone of the Future Media Group,” FMG CEO Marc Lotenberg said in a statement. “Her multiple talents as an editor, writer and producer—and a convening power in the creative community—make her the ideal person to take Surface Media to the next level and to help us chart new territory.”

Stephen Levine has taken over as head of creative marketing for ArtOrigo.com, spearheading the brand’s marketing, including its social media and digital campaigns as well as its advertising and creative projects. He was previously the creative director of the Robert Allen Duralee Group.

Ebbie Koelle is the new head of PR at 1stdibs, after more than two years in marketing at Farrow & Ball. Molly McDermott Walsh left her role as vice president of marketing at Farrow & Ball to join New York furniture store Henrybuilt in a new role with the same title.

Lindsey Harrison has been appointed director of communications at Roger Ferris + Partners. She was most recently marketing manager at Liaigre.


International architecture and design firm HLW has appointed Julia Belkin as a principal designer for its New York team. Having officially started the role in August, Belkin will lead projects in her new position. The company has named Francesca Gernone as principal at its London office.

Integrated design firm SmithGroup appointed Janet Attarian, an urban design specialist, to its executive team in Detroit. She will manage the firm’s development of sustainable urban environments.

Katherine Martin is the new chairman of Asia Week New York, an annual 10-day celebration organized by international Asian art galleries, major auction houses and several museums and institutions. Martin has been on the Asia Week planning committee since 2012, and has also served on the Japanese Art Society of America and lectured on Asian art across the country.

International architecture firm Perkins+Will appointed Kimberly Richter to lead its branded environments practice in the Austin, Texas, area, where she will grow a team and work with organizations. She previously worked for the firm at its Chicago office from 2010 to 2013. “The power of designing a branded environment, whether it’s for a corporate client, a higher education client or any other type of client, is that the story that distinguishes each is never the same,” Richter said in a statement. The firm has also hired Martin Gollwitzer as director of operations at its Houston Studio.

International design firm Ware Malcomb has promoted Angela Ryan to director of interior architecture and design at the firm’s office in San Diego. She will manage every interiors project at the office.


Hickory, North Carolina–based upholstery brand Sylvester Alexander named Paula Ervin project coordinator. She will be the customers’ main point of contact after they place orders.

International Market Centers has updated its Las Vegas Market trade show leasing team: Elizabeth Moss recently joined, and current members Priscila Gilburg and Michelle Karol have additional responsibilities. As executive director of trade show sales, Gilburg will oversee gift and design; as director of trade show sales, Moss will manage the antique and vintage vendors; and as fellow director of trade show sales, Karol will oversee handmade and cash-and-carry vendors. Kaela Simeonoff is now sales manager for the Expo at World Market Center Los Angeles.

ABC Carpet & Home has grown its leadership team recently. Eileen Applebaum is senior vice president and general manager, and Haynes Robinson is senior vice president, product design and development. Applebaum kicked off her career in home as a store manager for ABC in 1990 and has held roles at Mridul International and Crate & Barrel; Robinson comes to ABC from Stark Carpet, where she was vice president of product development.

Workplace furniture brand Pair named Olga Gomez as its new COO. Gomez hails from Steelcase and Martin Furniture.

Italian luxury furniture brand B&B Italia has appointed Gabriele Del Torchio as chairman, following his term as interim CEO. Gilberto Negrini will take over the role of chief executive officer starting October 1. He was previously CEO of Kartell. Giorgio Busnelli has retired from his role as chairman, which he held following decades with the brand.

Jide Zeitlin was named CEO of Kate Spade parent company Tapestry Inc., reported HFN. He will remain chairman of the board. Zeitlin took on the new role following the departure of Victor Luis. His fellow board member Susan Kropf is now lead independent director.

Following 25 years with British pottery company Portmeirion, Lawrence Bryan has retired as chief executive, reported HFN. He will continue on the board as a non-executive director. Bill Robedee, president of New Mexico–based furniture brand Nambé, was named president of the U.S. division in August and will help continue to weave the two companies together. (Portmeirion acquired the Nambé in July.)

Gary Fazio was named CEO of Warren, Michigan–based Art Van Furniture. He has taken over from Ron Boire, who departed the role a month ago, reported Furniture Today. Fazio has spent more than two decades with mattress brand Sealy, and has held CEO positions twice before, at Mattress Firm and Simmons Bedding.

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