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Comings & Goings: Design professionals on the move
Nov 19, 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 of note.
Donghia president and CEO Andrea Favaretto Rubelli and creative director Chuck Chewning have hired Laura Steele to the new position of marketing director. Steele will oversee all US marketing initiatives for Donghia in addition to the two European brands available at Donghia: Rubelli and Sahco, also known as Bergamo Fabrics. Previously Laura served as vice president, marketing at Artistic Tile. Prior to that, she was marketing director at Interior Design magazine and held marketing positions at Meredith Corporation and A&E Television Networks. Steele will based in Donghia's New York City design studio.
Sarah Boyd has joined Calvin Klein, Inc. as director - public relations for Calvin Klein Home. She will oversee the editorial strategy and activities for all home categories including bedding, bath, tabletop and giftware, table linens, rugs and home fragrance. Boyd comes to Calvin Klein, Inc. from HL Group, where she was most recently the managing director specializing in luxury brand communications with a focus on home design and interiors.
Jeff Sampson has been named director of marketing for the Pacific Design Center. Formerly vice president of marketing with Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), Sampson’s oversight will include all related marketing efforts including promotional and digital platforms. He has served in various senior marketing posts for print and broadcast media including Los Angeles Magazine and KCET Television/PBS. He has also co-produced fundraisers for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and DIFFA’s Dining By Design.
William F. Lacey has joined IMC as chief financial officer (CFO),a role in which he will provide day-to-day leadership to all aspects of the finance function across the organization, lead the development and monitoring of the budgeting process, among other tasks. He assumes the role of CFO at IMC, formerly held by Kathy Venezia, who has been with International Market Centers since the company's inception in May 2011. Venezia will stay with IMC through the end of the year to assist with Lacey's transition.
Sarah Medford is now a contributing editor at WSJ Magazine, and remains strategic development director for Collective Design Fair and a freelance editor and brand content consultant.
Robert Wolf has been named VP global public relations at George Jensen. He was previously on the Wellness Health & Performance Team at Google, Inc.
Janet Gorgone has left her post as Home Furnishings & New England Director of House Beautiful to be the director of business development at OTL Enterprises, Construction Management and General Contracting.
Jon Walker, formerly the home furnishings director for Traditional Home, is now the home furnishings director for House Beautiful.
Classic Rug Collection has hired Dana Vladone as the new showroom manager. Previously, Vladone was the lead designer at Jensen-Lewis, though she had also worked in design and sales at Classic Rug Collection prior to that.
Daniel W. Dienst has been named CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc, replacing Lisa Gersh who resigned from the post last December. Most recently, Deinst served as CEO of Sims Metal Management from 2003-2008. From 2002, he also served as chairman and acting chief executive of Metals USA.
Felicienne Bloemers, formerly a director at Marcel Wanders studio, has joined forces with designer Mariska Meijers to further expand Mariska Meijers Amsterdam into a full lifestyle brand. This will also include further collaborations and co-branding partnerships such as the upcoming launch of a distinctive wall paper collection produced by Dutch interior decoration brand Origin.
Faulkner Design Group, an interior architecture and design firm based in Dallas, Texas, hired Paul Wilmarth, AIA, LEED AP, as its new VP of interior architecture and design. Wilmarth, a 17-year veteran of the architectural and design industry, will be responsible for managing all stages of design, development and construction for the firm’s worldwide projects. Previously, he was Principal of RTKL Associates, Inc.
The firm has also hired of Michelle Duncum as its new VP of client and public relations. She responsible for company operations, clients, vendors and projects as well as building a brand around the firm. Duncum previously served as asset manager and executive director for Glenbrook Residential and Brothers Property Corporation in Dallas.
Surya has named Tom Etheridge VP of the company’s hospitality division, wherein he will manage the brand’s sales, marketing and product direction for the hospitality sector. In 1999, he founded RidgeBrook Rugs, a domestic manufacturer of tufted bath rugs for the hospitality industry and, in 2001, merged RidgeBrook with Lacey Mills, where he continued to supply rugs to the hospitality market.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the appointment of Barbara A. Mandel as chair of its board of trustees. Mandel assumes the position from trustee Paul Herzan who will become chairman emeritus. The Smithsonian’s board of regents also voted Oct. 21 to appoint Scott Belsky to the board of Cooper-Hewitt. Led by president Beth Comstock, Cooper-Hewitt’s board includes 33 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum.
Simone Ferrari has been named chief marketing officer of upholstery source the Natuzzi Group. Ferrari joined Natuzzi in October 2012 as VP of communications. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing an integrated strategy of marketing, communication and product develop and will support Natuzzi's commercial strategy, including the extension of the retail network in China, Brazil, India and Russia. Ferrari will report to Pasquale Natuzzi, CEO and president, a move that company officials said is part of a reorganization of the management team's direct reports to Natuzzi. Before joining the company, Ferrari was creative director for BCUBE, an independent agency of Publicis Groupe.
The company also named two executive hires: Maria Rosaria Bonifacio, chief human resource and organization officer and Rossana Berardinelli, chief finance, legal and information technology officer. Before joining the Italian upholstery supplier the Natuzzi Group, Bonifacio was the global director for outsourcing processes for Ericsson. Berardinelli was previously the senior finance director for Terex Port Equipment, a division of Terex Corp., a manufacturer of industrial equipment.
Comings and goings we missed? Drop us a line at info@editoratlarge.com and let us know!

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