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July 9, 2014

In their latest round of back-to-back earnings call presentations, Home Depot and Lowe’s trotted out statistics for a weather-beaten first quarter, along with insights on what worked and what didn’t.

Michael Jones stepped into the role of Lowe’s chief customer officer by stepping up to the microphone. Jones, who replaced the retiring Greg Bridgeford earlier this year, walked analysts and investors through Lowe’s performance, which saw a comp-store sales increase of 0.9%.

June 6, 2014

In continuation of its personnel expansion for the new post-split company, Rayonier Advanced Materials has appointed Benson Woo to the title of CFO.

The move was precipitated by the recent split from Rayonier of its Performance Fibers businees, now known as Rayonier Advanced Materials.  

June 3, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has taken some steps in the aftermath of the investigation it underwent last fall after an environmental advocacy group leveled chargers against the retailer, claiming it was knowingly sourcing wood from protected forests.

Among those steps is the formalization of its compliance and sustainability team, the members of which it announced on Tuesday.

May 22, 2014

BarkClad is promoting a siding product designed to mimic the beauty of traditional poplar bark siding.

“We’ve been working for the past several years to perfect a sustainable alternative to natural bark siding, and SmartBark is the exciting result,” said Brian Summers, corporate operations officer of BarkClad. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring to the marketplace this ingenious new product that builds on our company’s long tradition of excellence.” 

May 9, 2014

Sustainable masonry manufacturer CalStar Products has appointed John Stephenson as its chief marketing officer. Stephenson spent more than 25 years in marketing and management roles for window and exterior product manufacturers.

April 30, 2014

Installed Building Products has welcomed Todd Fry to the company as chief accounting officer and principal accounting officer.

Reporting to CFO Michael Miller, Fry will bring his considerable financial experience to bear on his new role. He was most recently CFO of Champion Industries, a role he served in for 15 years.

March 13, 2014

The 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference -- “Paths to Knowing Home Improvement” -- will take place April 10 in Orlando, with a full slate of research-oriented presentations.

Among the headliners is Lou Celi, president Americas and chief marketing officer for Oxford Economics.

Celi’s presentation is titled “Incorporating Macro Into Business Analytics.”

March 4, 2014

Lowe's has named Michael A. Jones chief customer officer, replacing the soon-to-be-retired Gregory Bridgeford.

Effective April 30, Jones (who is currently chief merchandising officer) will transition into his new role, in which he'll be responsible for developing a customer-centric experience via design, merchandising, marketing and digital interfaces.

February 28, 2014

Sales to pros are growing faster than sales to consumers at Lowe’s, which recently reported a fourth quarter sales gain of 5.6%.

According to Chief Customer Officer Greg Bridgeford, the Mooresville, N.C.-based retail giant sees an opportunity to capitalize on the pro market.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

February 20, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation has elected Geraldine "Gerri" Elliott, EVP and chief customer officer at Juniper Networks, to its board of directors.

February 10, 2014

Andersen Corporation has a new chief human resources officer and SVP in Karen Richard, who is succeeding Mary Carter when she retires on Feb. 14.

February 5, 2014

San Francisco-based One Kings Lane, an online destination for the home, has appointed Arun Rajan as chief technology officer. In his new role, Rajan will lead end-to-end technology delivery, data infrastructure and site operations to support the growth and evolution of One Kings Lane. 

Rajan joins alongside chief product officer David Yu, who joined One Kings Lane in mid-2013. 

January 2, 2014

Atchison, Kan.-based hardware distributor Blish-Mize Co. announced that Jonathan D. Mize has been appointed CEO, succeeding his father, John H. Mize. 

For the past few years, the younger Mize has served as president and COO and previously served in other officer capacities. He will be the fifth generation of the Mize family to hold the title of CEO. He also serves as president & COO of Hardware House, a subsidiary of Blish-Mize Co.

December 9, 2013

Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Paula S. Larson to the post of EVP and chief human resources officer, succeeding the soon-to-be-retired James M. Sweet, effective Dec. 16.

December 2, 2013

William Cho has been named president of LG Electronics USA, succeeding Wayne Park, who is moving on to a new role as global sales & marketing officer for LG Electronics.

In his new position, Cho will oversee all U.S. business units as well as the LG Electronics USA Home Entertainment business. Previously, this segment was under Jay Vandenbree, who is retiring at the end of this year.

November 19, 2013

As part of a larger management restructuring process at the Italian furniture company, Natuzzi has hired Maria Rosaria Bonifacio to lead its human resources department as chief HR & organization officer.

Bonifacio's new role will involve the oversight and development of the company's international human resources programs.

November 8, 2013

The Natuzzi Group, an upholestered furniture manufacturer based in Italy, has named Simone Ferrari as its new chief marketing officer.

Ferrari joined the company in Oct. 2012 as VP communication. His promotion is part of a larger management restructuring initiative.

In his new role, Ferrari will take the lead in the development of an integrated marketing, communications and product development strategy. He will also lend support to expansion efforts in fast-growing economies, especially BRIC countries.

November 7, 2013

Tifton, Ga.-based pro dealer Short & Paulk Supply recently announced that Tifton branch manager Chuck Mailloux has been promoted to chief operations officer.

As COO, Mailloux's primary goal is to support company management in Albany, Dawson, Sylvester and Tifton. Mailloux will work alongside staff to identify best practices that can be implemented throughout company locations, including improving coordination of tasks and communication efforts.   

November 5, 2013

Beacon Roofing Supply has announced the appointment of Brendan P. Daly as chief supply chain officer and Patrick G. Murphy as EVP business improvement.

October 31, 2013

Tara Poseley, the former president of Sears Holdings Corp's Kmart apparel division, has been tapped by Lululemon Athletica Inc as the company's new chief product officer.

In her new role, Poseley will lead the company's merchandising and design team. She will replace former CPO Sheree Waterson, who left in April. Following her departure, the company split the role into two jobs; Jennifer Battersby was recently hired to fill the other position of SVP sourcing.

October 22, 2013

As upstart home goods e-tailer Wayfair gears up for a likely IPO in 2014 or 2015, Michael Fleisher will step in as the company's new CFO to help speed the process along.

Fleisher, who is leaving his post as Warner Music Group vice chairman, replaces Nicholas Malone, who is remaining at the company as chief administration officer.

September 26, 2013

The International Housewares Association elected Keith Jaffee of 02 Cool as chairman.

O2 Cool designs, produces and markets “cool,” creative and fun battery operated misting and portable fans, water-cooling hydration products, outdoor accessories and novelty items. 

As an IHA officer, he will serve a one-year term from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.

September 25, 2013

Andersen Corporation has named Salvatore Abbate chief sales and marketing officer.

Abbate will replace Craig Evanich in this role, in which he will oversee the development of sales and marketing strategies, as well as maintain responsibility for the company's Logistics and Order Management operations. Evanich retired in June.

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