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Comings & Goings: Design professionals on the move
Sep 4, 2013

The design industry is full of new and changing faces. Editor at Large is tracking who's coming and who's going. Below are a few changes to note.
Susan Branch has been named vp, global sales of Scalamandré, effective immediately. Branch began at Schumacher as a metropolitan sales assistant. Four years later, she served as the New York showroom manager for Laura Ashley Decorator Collection and later as its operations manager. In 1991, she began her tenure at Scalamandré holding positions as trims production manager, New York showroom manager, and director of agent showrooms to the vp of sales. In 2010, Branch moved to Europe textiles house JAB to run its flagship New York showroom.
Jeff Wolfe was recently hired as the new marketing director at Wood-Mode. In addition to overseeing general marketing needs and activities at Wood-Mode, he will serve as company spokesperson. Wolfe has held positions at Elkay Manufacturing, Cabinet Division and Yorktowne Cabinetry.
Beth Brenner has left her post as the publisher of Traditional Home after more than three years there. Brenner declined to comment on her next move. WWD reported that she has taken a position at the new Domino magazine.
Ellie Sommerville McNevin has resigned as the features editor for Luxe Interiors + Design with her last day being September 11. She will be continuing her editorial career at Hearst Design Group.
Erika Heet has been named Los Angeles editor at Dwell Media. She has been working in publishing for more than 20 years, including years spent as a senior editor at Architectural Digest and Robb Report. She has also written for Interiors and recently wrote the foreword to New Tropical Classics: Hawaiian Homes by Shay Zak.
Joss & Main announced the promotion of Paul Toms to general manager where he will lead day-to-day operations and drive Joss & Main’s growth strategy in the flash sale market. Prior to his promotion, Toms served as senior director of marketing for Joss & Main, leading member acquisition, member engagement and product development. Toms succeeds John Mulliken in the general manager position. Mulliken, a co-founder of Joss & Main, remains as the senior vice president of strategic initiatives and strategy of Wayfair.com, Joss & Main’s parent company.
Cottages and Gardens has hired a new director of events & PR, Jennifer Barbaro. Prior to joining C&G, Barbaro was a corporate event and meeting planner and held senior event management positions at Tracy Paul & Company and Susan Magrino Agency working for high-end luxury brands and clients. She replaces Amy Whittle, who is now part of the public relations team at Land's End.
Jennifer Dowd Giuliano stepped down as public relations Director for Barbara Barry.  She will be joining the Marketing firm PMK*BNC in Los Angeles. Debby Stover will be filling in until her replacement is named.
After almost three years at Dering Hall, Stacey McArdle will be leaving to spend more time with her family.
Lisa Frederick stepped into the role of salesperson at Allan Knight in Dallas. After 30 years as an interior designer, she moved into showroom sales and operations and has held positions Hargett, Donghia and J. Robert Scott.
HLW announced several promotions in the New York office. Edward Shim was promoted to principal and Elizabeth Burow, Lee Devore, RA, and Jaclyn Whitaker, RA, were promoted to senior associates. Matthew Bishop, John Crimmins, CPA, Khyati Dutt, RA, Patricia Duval, Deirdre Gould, Shehab Hossain, Carolyn Morin, RA, Tamar Moy, Katherine Richbourg, RA, Oscar Segal, PE, and Alvin Tabar, PE, were promoted to associates.
Angie Miller has joined Nambé as its vice president of sales, beginning September 16. Miller served as president of crystal company Miller Rogaska for many years and, most recently, as a sales executive with Reed & Barton. Miller, who reports to CEO Robert Varakian, will be responsible for all wholesale sales to department stores, gift and gourmet specialty accounts and international and corporate sales for the home and giftware company. She succeeds Matt Jones, who left the company last month.
American Textile Company (ATC) has appointed Keith Brown svp of operations. Brown previously led operations at Springs Global US, where he orchestrated productivity improvements and established key global alliances. He also held senior product development and merchandising roles. Prior to Springs, Brown held leadership roles at Pillowtex and West Point Stevens.
Melissa Battah has been promoted to director of contract, Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills, Ltd., where she will be responsible for the design direction of the company’s contract private label lines as well as its Bella-Dura® brand of high-performance fabrics for the contract division. Other recent changes include the addition of MJ Ramos as senior merchandiser, residential, and Susan Lobel as vp, marketing and brand development.
Carol Conover has been named the new Chairman of Asia Week New York, the collaboration of a top-tier roster of international Asian art specialists, five major auction houses, museums and Asian cultural institutions-which will take place throughout metropolitan New York from March 14-22, 2014.
Dr. Glenn Adamson has been appointed as the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) new Nanette L. Laitman director. Adamson, who comes to MAD from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, succeeds Holly Hotchner, who stepped down at the end of April. Adamson will assume his role at the museum on October 15. He currently leads the V&A's Research Department and contributes to the V&A's publications, educational programming, media relations, and commercial activities.
Sebastian Clarke has joined Rago Arts and Auction Center as the Director of Estate Services and a Specialist in Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts. Clarke hails from a family of British art experts, including both his parents. Arriving in the U.S. in 1995, he worked as an apprentice restorer and art handler for Simon Parkes Art Conservation. He began his career in auctions at C.G. Sloane, served as a Specialist in the European Furniture department at Sotheby's, as Director of the English and Continental furniture department at Freeman's and at Doyle New York as a Senior Vice-President and Director of the English and Continental Furniture and Decorations department. He is well-known for his work on the charity circuit, and an expert appraiser in multiple categories (furniture, decorative arts, sculpture and metalwork and silver) for the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
GLM has promoted Melissa Gray to director of digital marketing and analytics, a newly created position for the trade show owner and manager. In her new role, Gray will develop a strategic vision for the launch and integration of new online resources, such as the company’s 365 suite of online trade-show resources. She also will be responsible for raising awareness of digital marketing technologies across the company. She reports to Jason Brown, GLM’s chief digital officer.
Mr. Peter Agnefjall was named chief executive officer and president at IKEA September 1. Since 1995, Agnefjall has held a number of leadership positions in the IKEA Group, in Sweden and internationally, within range development at IKEA of Sweden (IOS) and as Store Manager in Italy. In 2008 and 2009, he was assistant to Ingvar Kamprad, Anders Dahlvig and Mikael Ohlsson. Most recently, he was vice president of IKEA and also served as country manager.
Comings and goings we missed? Drop us a line at ssnowden@editoratlarge.com and let us know!

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