People on the Move
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, September 2, 2013
NEW YORK - Online shopping destination Gilt has promoted Keith George to senior vice president, Men's and Home. Previously, he was general manager of Gilt's Men's business and vice president of merchandise planning.
In this new role, George will be responsible for driving revenue and innovation through a cross-functional team of merchandising, marketing, technology, operations and creative professionals. He will report to CEO Michelle Peluso.
Before joining Gilt, George had experience with Gap Inc., Coca-Cola Enterprises, UPS and Ernst & Young.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Outdoor furniture company Summer Classics has hired Bill Kelner as vice president of domestic operations.
Kelner will be responsible for all Summer Classics domestic manufacturing, vendor sourcing, quality control, human resources and distribution.
"Bill is great at multi-unit team management, and is bringing some six-sigma strategies to integrate into our operations," said Bew White III, CEO of Summer Classics.
Before joining Summer Classics, Kelner owned and operated two service businesses in Alabama and Tennessee. He also has experience in operations in the food service industry, including parent companies of Arby's, Mrs. Winners and Taco Bell, where he worked in turnaround situations, training and management development.
"Summer Classics has a great program, but there are a few areas we are targeting immediately to answer some of our customers' needs," Kelner said.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Lynch Sales has hired Petros Komodikes as senior sales coordinator for Europe and the Middle East in an expansion of its overseas business.
Komodikes has several years of experience as sales and operations manager for Cyprus furniture retailer Polis Xinaris, where he led sales development, officials said. Before that, he worked in foreign exchange markets and in promoting Cypriot interests in the United States.
Komodikes worked with Lynch when Polis Xinaris hired the company to clear stock from its Nicosia, Cyprus, store. In a release, Lynch called the results "incredible," and quoted owner Polis Xinaris saying, "Thousands of people came to the store and kept buying and buying like there was no tomorrow."
Lynch has been doing business in the United Kingdom and Ireland for years but never in mainland Europe, said Daniel Ledo, director of advertising for the company.
The company said Komodikes, who will remain based in Cyprus, "will be pivotal in expanding the Lynch Sales Co.'s activities in Europe and the Middle East."