Comings & Goings | Dec 16, 2019 |
New hires at Ralph Lauren Home, B&B Italia, Hearst and more


David Carey will return to Hearst full-time as senior vice president of public affairs and communications, effective January 2, reported WWD. Carey had stepped down as president of Hearst Magazines in July 2018 to make way for the current president Troy Young. The company also announced the appointment of Kristen O’Hara as chief business officer, a newly created role, effective January 6; formerly the vice president of business solutions at Snap Inc., O’Hara will oversee U.S. advertising sales and marketing across the company’s portfolio of brands.

Artsy has named Everette Taylor as chief marketing officer, a newly created role. This is yet another expansion to the company’s leadership team; it also recently named Jeffrey Yin as general counsel.

Vogue creative digital director Sally Singer will leave the fashion title, reported The Cut. She had been with the magazine since 1999. Stuart Emmrich will be the new Vogue.com editor, leading digital content.

Kate Bergeron, who was formerly style editor for Luxe Interiors + Design, is now an account supervisor at Nylon Consulting. The company also recently named Lauren Niles as account supervisor; she will oversee the company's new social media division.

Raymond Paul Schneider has opened an eponymous PR, communications and business development firm. Clients comprise interior designers, product brands and makers, including Kendall Wilkinson Design, Robin Baron and The Vale London. In addition to the firm, Schneider launched the Guild, an initiative to support new interior designers.


Salone del Mobile.Milano has appointed Andrea Brega as head of the its communication and press office. He is also in charge of its Italy press office (with consultant Marilena Sobacchi). The trade show organization has also appointed Patrizia Malfatti as international press office and editorial content coordinator. Both Brega and Malfatti have held previous roles within the press office in the past decade.

The National Fenestration Rating Council, a nonprofit that regulates and certifies the energy efficiency of windows, doors, curtain walls, skylights, has elected the board of directors for its 2020 term. New members include Robert Tenent, Steven Marino and Sue Schreiber; returning ones include Lisa Winckler, Charlie Curcija and Joe Hayden.

San Francisco Bay Area–based Richardson Architects has been renamed Richardson Pribuss Architects Inc. to reflect the promotion of Andrew Pribuss from senior design director to partner. He has been with the firm, which was founded by Heidi Richardson in 1984, since 2011.

Easton, Maryland–based design firm Decorating Den Interiors has made a few shifts as of late. Bobbie Combs was named director of training and education, James Grimplin was named director of technology, and Daniel Palmer is the new information technology specialist and sales force administrator.

Houston-based firm Contour Interior Design has named Warren Knight as global brand director. He will work with creative director Nina Magon in commercial, residential and hospitality design projects.

Wilson Associates has promoted five members of its New York studio staff: Keiko Matsumoto is now design director of food and beverage, Michael Lawless is project manager of specialty food and beverage design studio Blueplate, Annie Huang is designer of branding, and Nunturat Robbamrung and Rafael Berkowitz are design directors.

Aspen, Colorado–based firm Rowland+Broughton Architecture/Urban Design/Interior Design has named Steve Harris as project manager/project architect and Brady Fitzgerald as 3-D visualization artist and architectural designer.

Washington, D.C.–based integrated design firm SmithGroup has named Jamē Anderson to lead its cultural practice, including providing planning and design services to clients around the world. The cultural practice includes planning, programming and design of museums, galleries, archives and cultural landscapes. Before SmithGroup, Anderson was a senior architect and exhibit designer at D.C.’s National Gallery of Art.


Herman Miller CEO and president Andi Owen has named Debbie Propst the new president of Herman Miller Retail. Propst had been the president of One Kings Lane since 2016, but will now lead Herman Miller’s global retail business across the company’s portfolio, including such brands as Design Within Reach and Hay. She replaces John McPhee, who had assumed the role in June, following the departure of his longtime business partner John Edelman.

Designer Billy Cotton—whose multi-disciplinary firm spans architecture, interior design, and furniture, lighting and product design​​​—was named creative director of Ralph Lauren Home in November. The appointment follows the departure of longtime executive vice president and chief creative retail officer Alfredo Paredes, who left the company in January 2019 after 33 years creating its store and restaurant interiors and overseeing home product design, and the arrival of company president Day Kornbluth.

Los Angeles–based brand HD Buttercup has promoted Aimee Concepcion to vice president of merchandising. She will lead product development, merchandising and sourcing for the brand’s stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as online.

B&B Italia USA has named Ali Martillotta as press and PR manager for the U.S. market. She will oversee communication for the family of brands, including B&B Italia, Maxalto, Arclinea and Azucena.

Glass tableware brand Arc has named Michael Richards as CEO of its Asia-Pacific region. Richards succeeds Nicolas Ajacques.

A.R.T Furniture has named Jeff Young as its new CEO. Fellow new appointee Doug Rozenboom is now senior vice president of product merchandising. The company wants to expand further on partnerships with outside designers, like it did for its line with Bobby Berk of Queer Eye fame.

Chantilly, Virginia–based furniture rental brand Cort, owned by Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway Company, has named Jon Hile as senior vice president of business strategy. He was previously with the brand from 2006 to 2012 as vice president of sales and business development.

Boston-based mosaic design brand Artaic has hired Ariel Schuster as sales and design consultant. At the Boston design studio, Schuster will oversee strategy and pricing in residential and small commercial projects.

Kate Spade president Anna Bakst has left the company, reported HFN. Parent company Tapestry CFO Joanne Crevoiserat will take on the role in the interim. Bakst took on the role of president and CEO in April 2018; no further details have been shared regarding Bakst’s departure.

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