International Bedding expands operations group
David Perry -- Furniture Today, November 16, 2010
"We're preparing for the future by broadening our capabilities on the operations side, while at the same time focusing our staff on more specific functions and opportunities," said Dan Hige, president and chief operating officer, who was recently promoted to his current duties from vice president of manufacturing.
IB has promoted Bruce Miller from vice president of logistics and continuous improvement, a job he has held since 2008, to the newly created position of vice president of strategic implementation. He will oversee domestic and international initiatives involving logistics, supply and continuous improvement. Miller reports to Hige.
Ed Wolff, who joined the company in 2007 as operations manager of its largest factory, in Pennsylvania, has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing. He has responsibility for IB's five production facilities and reports to Hige.
Replacing Wolff is Steve Boucher, who was promoted from plant manager to operations manager at the Pennsylvania facility.
Miller and Wolff assume Hige's former responsibilities as vice president of manufacturing, in addition to the expanded duties in their new posts.
IB also named Andy Cuppia to the newly created position of vice president of product development and operations, reporting to Wolff. Cuppia will oversee operations at IB's Arizona facility, in addition to heading product development functions.
Prior to joining IB, Cuppia was an operations executive at Simmons, Serta and the former Spring Air company. Most recently he was vice president of Global Supply Chain Partners, a consulting firm.
Reporting to Cuppia is Jonathan Munoz, who has been promoted from assistant plant manager to plant manager of the company's Arizona facility. He joined IB in 2006.
"We're very excited about the promotions and new positions in our operations group," said Hige. "These changes strengthen the entire team, leverage the skills and talents of each individual, and enable us to move forward more quickly with our strategic plans."
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