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comings & goings
Comings & Goings: Design professionals on the move
Feb 12, 2016

New year, new faces: The year has just begun and interior design industry pros are making career moves large and small. Read on for EAL’s latest survey of the employment landscape.

EDITORIAL & PUBLISHING

Blaire Rzempoluch has joined Luxe Interiors + Design as national home furnishings director, bringing recent experience as associate publisher at Playbill, in addition to over 15 years of experience including Northeast executive director at Fortune, associate publisher of Traditional Home, East Coast advertising director at Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications, and account executive at Country Home. 

Elizabeth Graves has been named editor in chief for Martha Stewart Living, replacing Eric Pike, who is leaving the company. Amy Conway has been named editor in chief for Martha Stewart Weddings, and Meesha Diaz Haddad has been named editorial general manager for both magazines. Graves, Conway and Haddad report to Linda Fears, VP and editorial director for the Meredith Food Center of Excellence and editor in chief of Family Circle, who will serve as group editor. 

PR, SALES & MARKETING

Lindsey Harrison has left her role as director of product and brand relations at Christina Juarez PR to join Christian Liaigre as marketing manager.

Christian Rizzo has joined UpSpring PR as communications director, having held prior roles as an associate vice president at Rubenstein Public Relations and in the External Communications department of Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Danielle Moran has joined Hello PR Group, where she is working with clients that include Ben Goods and Ike Kligerman Barkley.

Amy Aronoff has left Pratt Institute’s Office of Communications & Marketing after over eight years to join bde.

Michael Perez has been appointed as a Florida sales representative at J Nelson. He brings experience earned at Tui Lifestyle, where he worked on the brand’s South American expansion, as well as experience working on the rebranding and corporate expansion of Restoration Hardware.

Barbara Fuller has left her position as vice president of product and marketing at Waterworks to join Bambeco, a sustainable home goods company, as chief marketing officer.

TPG Architecture has named Leslie Jenkins as chief marketing officer, a newly created position. Jenkins joins the firm after serving as corporate marketing director at Perkins+Will.

Jane Dagmi is joining the online platform Steelyard as editorial director, where she’ll oversee content strategy and public communications. She brings 15-plus years of experience as editor-at-large for Country Living magazine and as communications manager for Parlore, an iPad app for designers.

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

Christine McGinnis has been tapped as studio director in Singapore by Wimberly Interiors, the interior design studio of WATG. McGinnis previously served as managing director in Bangkok for AvroKO, where she oversaw strategy and development throughout Asia Pacific.

ZGF Architects has appointed Rebecca Dorris Steiger as associate partner. She brings 23 years of experience designing for clients including Publishers Clearing House, Citigroup, High 5 Games, Scotiabank, UBS, and McKinsey & Company, and has served as an executive board member for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York and California chapters.

Rowland+Broughton Architecture/Urban Design/Interior Design has named Will Young, who has 25 years of experience overseeing design and construction, as senior project manager. Young has worked in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, most recently as senior project architect/lead designer at Charles Cunniffe Architects in Aspen, and has also worked at Reinhardt, Zohner & Partners and Schaudt Architekten in Germany. Carrera Shea has also joined the firm, as an interior designer, following her years as principal/designer of Carrera Shea Design in Newport Beach, California.

Jing Liu of SO-IL, Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN, and Raymond Quinn of Arup have joined Van Alen Institute’s board of trustees. Haptic Architects (London, Oslo), Mecanoo (Delft, Netherlands; New York; Washington, D.C.; Manchester, U.K.; Kaohsiung City, Taiwan), Studio Libeskind (New York, Milan, Zurich), and Trahan Architects (New Orleans, Chicago) have joined the Institute’s International Council.

MANUFACTURING & RETAIL

Frank Ballabio has left his role as vice president of Dering Hall.

Arhaus has hired former Crate & Barrel executive Adrian Mitchell as CEO, overseeing all functions and operations. He replaces founder-CEO John Reed, who will remain chairman of the chain and will report to the company’s board of directors. Reed has also been named a board member.

Matthew Agostinelli has been named creative director for Cabot Wrenn, where he will have responsibility for product design and direction, and coordinating and managing the product introductions for the company. He will report to Cabot Wrenn president Ryan Stites. Agostinelli previously served as director of product development at Teknion Studio, and as product designer for Bernhardt Design.

Vispring has named Steve Henning as managing director for the British luxury beeding company. He succeeds Mike Meehan, who is stepping down after two decades, and he brings experience as global account director at Dyson. Prior to Dyson, Henning was president for Asia at the Franke Group, which specializes in high-end kitchen systems.

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