Comings & Goings | Oct 21, 2019 |
New executives at T Magazine, Style Library, Interior Define and more

Halloween is nigh—meaning no rest for the wicked. There’s likely no siesta for these industry professionals, either, as they dig into their new gigs. Read on to learn about the latest hires in design, manufacturing, media and more.


The New York Times has appointed Adam Hargis as the new publisher of T magazine. He will work closely with editor in chief Hanya Yanagihara. Hargis has been with the Times for over half a decade. His last role was as associate publisher of T.

Surface Media has appointed Dennis Freedman as its new consulting creative director. Freedman was the founding creative director of W magazine.

After nearly two decades at Condé Nast, Wendy Landau has left her position as executive account director at Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Epicurious and Self.

L.A.-based design PR firm Athlone Agency named Barbara Rozgonyi as public relations director. She will lead brand awareness campaigns and work on her clients’ product design stories.

Sharp Communications has appointed David Ellis as its new senior vice president of digital and social media. His last role was at Edelman, where he oversaw digital strategy and programming for brands like Samsung, CVS and Comcast. At Sharp, he will work with Bertazzoni Appliances, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, Legrand and Quadrille Wallpaper & Fabrics.


Beth Holman has been appointed president and CEO of Style Library, a subsidiary of Walter Greenbank, and the parent group for British brands Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology. Holman’s background is in fashion—most recently she was VP of wholesale at LVMH group fashion house Celine. Prior to that, she held roles at Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Christian Dior. Paul Colley, the former President of Style Library, is now the North American President of Farrow & Ball.

Stefan Pepe is the new CEO of Sotheby’s Home (formerly Viyet), replacing Elizabeth Brown. Pepe’s background includes leadership roles at Domino Media Group, Gilt Group and Amazon.

Interior Define, a Chicago-based D2C furniture brand known for its upholstery, has appointed Jill John in the newly created role of chief customer officer. This follows the recent appointment of new CEO Antonio Nieves. Earlier this month, John spoke with BOH about the new job: “In this ever-competitive retail landscape, no matter the category, there’s been a realization that customer is key,” she said. “Brands are finally listening to the customer and understanding what it will take to exceed their expectations.”

Kelly Mullens Brown has been named CEO of Los Angeles–based designer Ben Soleimani’s e-commerce platform BenSoleimani.com. Brown worked in entertainment before pivoting to retail, including a stint as president of Ryan Seacrest Enterprises.

International Market Centers has shifted around its furniture and home decor leasing team. Dale Schmidlin was hired as director of home decor leasing across IMC’s campuses in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and High Point, North Carolina; Chris Amos was promoted to director of home decor leasing across the three campuses; and John Dwiggins is now director of furniture leasing in High Point and Las Vegas.

Buffalo, New York–based Garrett Leather has promoted Max Brown to president. Brown has been with the company for a decade, and his last role was as vice president of sales.

Jeanna George is now an interior designer and showroom sales manager for Habachy Designs & Atelier in Atlanta.

The International Textile Alliance has named Kelly DiFoggio as president of its 10-member board of directors. DiFoggio, who is director of sales and marketing at High Point, North Carolina–based fabric manufacturer Yarn & Loom, is the first woman to hold the position, which has existed for nearly three decades. Kathryn Richardson of Libeco is vice president; Mendy Kearns of Hamilton Fabric Sales is treasurer.

Jason W. Camp is now president of Natuzzi Americas in High Point, North Carolina. He will implement the company’s new direct-to-consumer route-to-market strategy for Natuzzi Italia and Natuzzi Editions.

Le Sueur, Minnesota–based surfacing brand Cambria named Arik Tendler as president and CEO of Cambria-California. He will oversee West Coast operations and initially be based in Los Angeles.

Dutch porcelain tile maker Mosa has appointed Celeste Gilbert as vice president of sales, USA. She will oversee the U.S. team and operations. Gilbert’s move is one in a series of comings and goings for the brand. Matt Kurz is now architectural sales consultant for the Los Angeles area; Tyler York is the Eastern USA regional sales manager; Liz Greenman is now a customer service specialist; and Brett Berry is an architectural sales consultant in the Boston area.

Monroe Township, New Jersey–based tabletop brand Villeroy & Boch USA has a new CEO: Lucas Updegraph, who will also serve as president of Tableware Americas, reported HFN. He takes over the role from Lisa Knierim, who left this past spring. Updegraph was previously an executive at Fiskars Group, the parent company of Waterford, Wedgwood and other tabletop brands.

High Point, North Carolina–based textile brand American Silk Mills has appointed Mary Cranford as designer. She will create fabric collections and color palettes, focusing specifically on velvets.

International architectural interior design firm Wilson Associates has appointed Robyn Gan and Victoria Edwards as design directors at its Singapore studio.

London-based textile design company Laura Ashley has appointed Sagar Mavani as chief financial officer, reported Reuters. Sean Anglim, who joined the company in 1998, has left the role. He will continue on as joint chief operating officer but will depart by the end of the year.


Lindsey Harrison has taken over as director of communications at Westport, Connecticut–based architecture firm Roger Ferris + Partners. She was formerly with Liaigre.

Denise Thompson was promoted to principal at Francis Cauffman Architects, located in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Steve McKay and John Fuller were named managing principals at Minneapolis-based architecture firm DLR Group. They will now also serve on the board of directors.

Los Angeles–based design firm Kovac Design Studio named Thomas Schneider as managing partner. He has been with the firm since 2013, and in his new role will oversee projects as well as general operations. He joins founder Michael Kovac as partner.

Dallas-based interior architectural design firm Hospitality Design Guild has appointed designer Amanda Jackson as its managing director. She will help grow the brand’s footprint in Texas and further into the central and western regions of the U.S.

The New York chapter of the International Interior Design Association has named Annie Lee as its new president. She has been a chapter member for over a decade; in her 2019–2020 term, Lee will spearhead educational and networking programming.

Patrick Cory was appointed to the board of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. He was previously CEO and managing partner of home delivery business Cory Companies; he continues to serve as consultant.

Patty Dominguez, the vice president of A+D sales for Cosentino North America, will serve on the 2020 American Society of Interior Designers board of directors as industry partner representative. She has been with Cosentino for 12 years.

Fisher & Paykel has named Ken Tangredi as regional sales manager and Barbara Kesssler as design development manager. They’ve also promoted Paula Smith to channel marketing director and Stephani Santini to director of national sales development.

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