Glen Raven looks to executive succession
Michael J. Knell -- Furniture Today, November 25, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. - Leib Oehmig, president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, has been elevated to chief operating officer of Glen Raven Inc. In the space of four years, Oehmig is expected to succeed parent company president and ceo Allen Gant Jr., who will then continue as chairman of the board.
In addition, Suzie Roberts, vice president-business manager for decorative fabrics with Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, has been named vice president of sales for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics - Americas, which includes awning, marine and furniture markets. Roberts joined Glen Raven with its acquisition of Dickson in 1998 and has fulfilled a key leadership role in sales and marketing for decorative fabrics.
Reporting to Roberts, Alexis Maklakoff, currently business manager for casual fabrics, has been named business manager for decorative fabrics. He has been with Glen Raven since 1997, previously focused on providing marketing and merchandising support for Glen Raven's casual market customers.
"Our goal will be to assure that Glen Raven's associates have all of the resources they need to continue creating and delivering innovative products and services for our customers," said Gant, who noted the company now delivers product to more than 132 countries.
Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971, becoming the third generation of his family to helm the company, which was founded in Alamance County, N.C., in 1880. He was named president and ceo in 1999. Under his oversight, the company expanded into Europe, Asia, India and Brazil and expanded the profile of Glen Raven's brands, including Sunbrella and Dickson.
Oehmig joined Glen Raven in 1989 and was a member of the team that designed and built the company's one-million-square-foot Sunbrella manufacturing center in Anderson, S.C. Oehmig subsequently served as site manager for the Anderson Plant and was named president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics in 2009, with responsibilities for operations in North America, Europe and Asia.
"From my career at Glen Raven, I have developed a deep appreciation for how our family-owned company has been built and sustained through the commitment of shareholders and the dedication and hard work of associates," said Oehmig.
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