Arhaus exec Kathy Veltri replaces Ed Teplitz as Thomasville president
Tom Russell -- Furniture Today, June 7, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Furniture Brands International announced late Friday that it has named Arhaus executive Kathy Veltri as president of Thomasville Furniture.
She replaces Ed Teplitz, who is leaving the company June 14 after nearly six years as president.
Veltri was most recently senior vice president of sales and marketing for Top 100 retailer Arhaus, which based in Walton Hills, Ohio. During her career at Arhaus, where she had worked since 2006, she had responsibility P&L accountability, marketing, brand management and store operations, a Furniture Brands press release said.
She has more than 20 years of retail experience and also has worked at companies including Cole National, which includes Pearle Vision, Sears Optical and Target Optical, as well as Sight Resource Inc. and J.B. Robinson Jewelers.
"We are thrilled to have Kathy, who is a very successful veteran retailer, leading Thomasville into the future," said Ralph Scozzafava, chairman and CEO of Thomasville parent company Furniture Brands. "Her strong furniture retailing experience, keen knowledge of store operations as well as her brand marketing acumen will be an asset to the Thomasville team and help us achieve the growth plans we have for the brand."
Veltri said she is excited to join the Thomasville brand team.
"There are tremendous opportunities ahead for this brand to create a best-in-class retail environment, while offering amazing fashion for the home," she said in a statement. "I am committed to helping the team make shopping a Thomasville store a ‘don't miss' experience."
Attempts to contact Teplitz on Friday were unsuccessful, so the reasons for his departure were not immediately clear. Furniture Brands officials also were unavailable for comment.
Teplitz had been president of Thomasville since 2007. He came to the company from Ethan Allen, replacing former Target executive Nancy Webster, who had been Thomasville president for about two years.
Teplitz oversaw the Thomasville wholesale and retail operations. The company said that Veltri will be responsible for the Thomasville brand, including 48 company-owned Thomasville stores.
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