People On The Move
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, October 29, 2012
Furniture Brands International
ST. LOUIS - Furniture Brands International has named Ken Salm vice president of business operations for its contract division, a new position.
Salm, who has held sales and management positions at La-Z-Boy, Brown Jordan, Douglas Furniture and Sealy, most recently co-owned a company that specialized in contract furniture.
In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the contract division's business operations and sales staff. He reports to Mark Wiltshire, president of the special markets division of FBI.
SOMERSET, Ky. - Alexandra Lewis has been promoted to national training manager at fabric protection supplier Ultra Shield Furniture Care, a new position for the company.
Lewis joined Ultra Shield in January and has been a regional marketing representative.
Company President Thomas Clinton said Lewis has become instrumental in expanding Ultra Shield's current training material with her extensive program and product knowledge.
In her new position, she will be responsible for educating customers on product and program knowledge to assist in enhancing program profitability for retailers.
HOUSTON - Largo International has hired Pam Brady-Proesch as merchandise manager for upholstery.
Brady Proesch has worked for Jackson/Catnapper as director of merchandising.
Profitablility Consulting Group
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - Industry veteran Taylor Ganz has joined Profitability Consulting Group as vice president, finance, planning and restructuring for the company's retail clients.
Ganz also is handling client services including organizational development, c u s t o m e r service and employee recruitment.
With nearly 25 years of industry experience, Ganz was chief operating officer of the former 25-store Los Angeles based McMahan's Furniture from 1988 to 2010, and has sat on the boards of both the National Home Furnishings Assn. and Western Home Furnishings Assn.
Most recently, he operated the consulting firm JTG Advisors.
CHICAGO - Accent source Butler Specialty has named Charlie Lehman executive vice president of marketing and communications.
Lehman's responsibilities in the newly created position include brand building , market in g and communications. He will also be involved in product development.
He reports to CEO David Bergman.
Lehman has directed marketing campaigns for more than two decades from offices in High Point and Chicago and is a past president of marketing firm McNeill Lehman, an agency he co-founded in 1988. Butler Specialty is based in Chicago.
Wright Global Graphic Solutions
THOMASVILLE, N.C. - Bedding veteran Cindy Williams has joined Wright Global Graphic Solutions as vice president of sales for the company's Showroom Solutions division, a new position.
She will lead the company's efforts in that division and will focus on retail point-of-purchase materials and in-store graphics.
Williams started her career in 1991 at Simmons, heading the specialty sleep division. She was then was vice president of client services at Info Retail, a strategy and design agency.
After leaving Info Retail, Williams briefly served as the senior vice president of marketing at Comfort Solutions.
ATLANTA - Gary Conway has been named executive vice president and chief marketing officer of RedPrairie, a global supply chain and retail technology provider.
Conway most recently was executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Progress Software, a global enterprise software company, and also has worked as a marketing executive for Sprint Nextel and PeopleSoft.
At RedPrairie, he is responsible for global marketing strategy, including corporate brand management, customer engagement, product strategy and marketing and demand generation. Conway reports to CEO Michael Mayoras.