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.
Paul Gunther will be stepping down as President of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art on August 31, after more than a decade of service. "...despite my love and appreciation for the varied duties that define my days along with such an eager and creative staff, the time is right for new leadership to embark with a strategic imperative comparable to that with which I was entrusted," said Gunther in a letter. "Change is a vital force for any modern organization competing today in the marketplace of ideas and affirmative civic intent and I herald it knowing that the best days of the ICAA are still to come." The board will announce shortly the composition of a search committee that will lead the ICAA to find a new chief executive.
Several new leadership roles within the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands. David Jimenez will be joining the Williams-Sonoma brand as Senior Vice President, Visual and Store Experience. He previously served as Vice President for Visual Merchandising and Store Design at Hallmark, supporting the company’s store evolution efforts and helping it improve performance through new levels of customer engagement. Prior to Hallmark, David worked at national retailers including Gap Inc., Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
Peter Sassi has been appointed Senior Vice President, Stores, of the Williams-Sonoma brand, after serving as Senior Vice President, Inventory Management, for the past 10 years. In his new role Sassi will continue to bring strategic insights, deepen customer relationships and evolve the in-store experience.
Jeff Howie will now serve as the Senior Vice President, Inventory Management and Finance. He brings more than 10 years of experience with the company as a strategic and detail-oriented leader, most recently as Senior Vice President, Inventory Management, for the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands. He has managed major company-wide projects, including the launch of the company’s global franchise operations.
John Trifoso is expanding his current role as Senior Vice President, Pottery Barn Inventory Management, to lead the inventory management teams for the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands. This move to consolidate inventory for the Pottery Barn brands will enhance the company’s ability to meet customers’ needs at every life stage.
Marc Duron started a boutique communications firm, Collective, with two colleagues last fall. They've launched Anna Karlin's home furnishings collection, and hosted events for Refinery29, Art Basel, and the opening of Le Corbusier Cabanon and CARRERA's Icon Series. Duron previously held positions at ABC Carpet & Home, HL Group and Syndicate.
Chris Collins has been appointed the president of Arte Italica, succeeding Earl Skidmore, the company's owner. Collins was previously vice president and general manager of the 7W New York showroom building, where he worked for more than eight years.
Landmark Acquisition's CEO and founder Giles Pottinger has named Perla Lichi as the official designer for the company's high-end clientele. Landmark specializes in hotels, casinos, office towers, multi family and REO portfolios priced over $50 million.
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