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A new president for McKinnon and Harris, changes at the top for Amazon and more

All across the industry, design professionals are on the move. Read on for Business of Home’s monthly roundup of arrivals and departures in design, manufacturing, media and more.

To the Trade

Outdoor furniture brand McKinnon and Harris has promoted Kenneth Dail from chief operating officer to president of the company, where he will lead all day-to-day operations. Dail joined McKinnon and Harris in 2010 as vice president of operations before assuming the responsibilities of COO in 2013. He succeeds former president Will Massie, who will now act as CEO.

Transformable, multifunctional furnishing company Resource Furniture has named Trish Steen as solution specialist of its contract division, where she will work with real estate developers to create and maintain relationships, assist in business development and aid in project management and production.

Aromas, California-based tile company Fireclay Tile has announced four promotions on its leadership team: Jamie Chappell has been named vice president, brand & marketing; Caitlyn Child is now vice president, sales; Sal Cuellar Quezada has become vice president, manufacturing; Laura Martinez will act as vice president, people; and Annie Acheatel is Fireclay Tile’s new director, sales and client support.

Design & Architecture

Global architecture, design and planning firm CallisonRTKL has announced two new senior appointments. Robin Osler is now principal and John Naranjo is now associate principal of CRTKL’s retail division. Osler began her career as an in-house model at Oscar de la Renta before earning her master’s in architecture from Yale University—with experience on both the brand and consumer sides, she has developed retail designs for brands like Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain. Naranjo comes to the position from Coral Gables, Florida–based firm Echeverria Design Group, where for more than seven years he served as creative design director. Together, Osler and Naranjo will work alongside CRTKL’s existing leadership team to expand the company’s multidisciplinary creative strategy.

New York–based studio Champalimaud Design has appointed Courtney Brannan and Jun Chun as principals. Brannan has worked at the firm for more than a decade, having shaped many of its notable residential and hospitality projects. Chun joined the company in 2016 as a senior designer, specializing in high-end hospitality design.

Boston–based architecture and design firm SGA has announced an internal transition of ownership and expansion of its leadership team. The company will now be led by equal majority owners John Sullivan, president of architecture; Gable Clarke, president of interior design; and Adam Spagnolo, CEO. Former SGA president and founding partner Al Spagnolo will assume the role of chairman, while founding partners Bill Gisness and Jeff Tompkins will transition from the firm. SGA’s director of VDC services, Michael Schroeder, will remain a minority partner through the transition.

San Francisco–based architecture, design and strategy firm Nelson Worldwide has named Maya Wahyudharma as its new workplace and asset strategy regional practice leader. Wahyudharma brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, most recently having served as principal at MW Design in Burlingame, California. In the new role, she will drive firmwide growth for Nelson’s workplace practice.

Interior design, procurement, capital management and project management firm Premier has named Roland Mouly as senior vice president of strategic partnerships at its Dallas studio. Mouly joins Premier with more than 25 years of experience in the architecture and design space, which he will leverage to seek and develop renovation opportunities for the company in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

New York–based firm Cookfox Architects has announced the promotions of Arno Adkins and Susie Teal from senior associates to partners. Adkins joined the firm in 2010 from Ten Arquitectos, having headed a range of projects there, from historic restorations to residential high-rises. Teal joined Cookfox in 2012, where her first assignment was as project architect for an award-winning mixed-use development in Brooklyn.

Architecture and design firm MBH Architects has named Ashley Combs as business development manager of its Denver office, where she will raise brand awareness and foster relationships to maximize opportunities for the firm’s clients, partners and company culture. Combs joins MBH from The Vertex Companies Inc., where for more than five years she worked in business development.

The New York studio of global architecture firm Perkins&Will has announced that associate principal Maha Sabra has been promoted to principal. Sabra’s more than 20 years’ experience has seen her lead the studio’s health care teams on a variety of complex projects, including academic medical centers and hospitals. Perkins&Will has also promoted Arjav Shah from senior associate to associate principal. Shah joined the firm in 2008 as an interior designer.

Multidisciplinary design firm //3877 has hired Noelani Brannon as an interior designer at its Washington, D.C., studio. Brannon brings more than seven years of design experience to the position, most recently having worked as a senior interior designer at Rockville, Maryland–based architecture and design firm Nehmer and HVS Design.

Media & PR

New York– and Los Angeles–based media relations agency Jennifer Bett Communications has expanded Libbey Baumgarten’s role as executive vice president to include the title head of growth. With this promotion, Baumgarten will drive strategy around agency expansion and business development in New York.

JBC has also promoted Emily Tschirhart to vice president following her tenure as the firm’s associate vice president. As VP, Tschirhart will continue to expand JBC’s social impact and health care division in Los Angeles.

Retail & Manufacturing

Online art marketplace Artsy has named Christine Layng Aschwald to the newly created role of senior director, head of Artsy advisory, where she will oversee the company’s art advisory practice as well as a team of senior private sales directors across its global offices. Layng Aschwald comes to Artsy from Christie’s auction house, where for 15 years she worked as a leader on the client advisory team.

Amazon has announced Doug Herrington as CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores, the new name of the company’s consumer business. Herrington joined the tech giant in 2005 as vice president of consumables, moving up through the ranks first as senior VP of consumables and most recently as SVP North America consumer. The promotion follows Amazon’s early June announcement that former CEO of worldwide consumer Dave Clark would resign on July 1.

Dana Levin-Solomon has accepted a new position as east coast senior sales at The Invisible Collection. Levin-Solomon brings more than 20 years of sales exeperience to the digital marketplace, most recently having served as a sales manager at Italian textile house Fortuny.

Bulle, Switzerland–based appliances brand Liebherr has hired Fabiana Triana as marketing events manager for North, Central and South America, where she will plan and execute international and local trade shows and events. Triana comes to the position from WPLG, a local news service based in Miami, where she served as a digital sales specialist.

Liebherr has also announced Cristhyan Briceno as its new regional social media coordinator, U.S. territory. In the role, Briceno will work closely with the appliance division to promote brand awareness, increase sales and boost brand loyalty.

Global workplace furniture manufacturer Teknion has promoted Doug Meyer to vice president of U.S. sales. Since joining the company in 1998, Meyer has played an instrumental role in driving its national sales strategy. As VP, he will continue to work with Teknion’s independent dealer network to increase company exposure across shared market sectors.

Ashley Williams has joined 1stDibs as director of merchandising, bringing more than 10 years of industry experience to the e-commerce company. Williams has previously worked in similar roles at Scalamandré, Chairish and One Kings Lane.

Industry Organizations

New York–based nonprofit Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation (which supports Sir John Soane’s Museum in London) announced that Bill Appleton has been chosen as its new executive director. He succeeds Michael Diaz-Griffith, who is now acting as executive director of the Design Leadership Network. Appleton is the founding principal of Appleton Arts Consulting, having also served as director of education and engagement for The Morgan Library & Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Rubin Museum of Art.

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