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Sullivan joins Fine Furniture Design as vice president of product development

erin sullivanErin Sullivan
HIGH POINT – Case goods and upholstery manufacturer Fine Furniture Design has named Erin Sullivan vice president of product development.

She comes to the company from Frontgate, a luxury multichannel retailer with catalog, e-commerce and retail operations. She worked there for 19 years, in a variety of product development and merchandising roles, including her most recent position of vice president of merchandising.

Before that she was a senior merchandise manager at JCPenney for eight and a half years.

In her new position she reports to Eric Graham, president of Fine Furniture Design and will oversee the strategic direction and development of the company’s bedroom, dining room, upholstery and accent furniture line.

“Over the past few years we have been focused on growing our product portfolio and transitioning our styling from a purely traditional furniture resource to appealing to a broader range of customers,” Graham said. “Erin’s proven track record of leading aggressive and strategic growth combined with her experience in competitive analysis and retail merchandising strategies will be tremendously beneficial as we continue to expand our product line.”

“As our industry continues to evolve away from tradition, retailers and manufacturers need to understand trends of consumer behavior for their specific market and they need to make their point of difference the cornerstone of everything they do,” said Sullivan. “I look forward to applying my industry experiences and knowledge toward the continued growth of Fine Furniture Design.”

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.