The International Housewares Association has appointed Jeff Murphy as vp/international, effective February 1. In addition, Perry Reynolds will retire March 31 after 20 years at the association.
“IHA’s international efforts are a strategically significant element of the association’s mission,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. “Two mission items, bringing the international retail community to the International Home + Housewares Show and providing assistance to IHA members who wish to do business globally, warrant a strategic level position and attention. We are pleased to have Jeff’s experience guide us in these activities.”
Murphy has been involved in international sales for more than 20 years. Most recently he served as vp/international sales at Wilton Brands LLC for more than 13 years, where he presided over a significant global growth for the company. Before that, he was an international sales consult, working with clients such as Nordic Ware, Progressive International, Home Products International (Homz), Pfaltzgraff, Anchor Hocking Glass and Wilton Brands.
“Having been an international sales executive and IHA member for many years, I have made valuable use of the great benefits that IHA offers to its members,” Murphy said. “I now look forward to working inside IHA to create even more value for the IHA membership, particularly with regards to its international scope and efforts.”
In addition, Reynolds will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2017 show after 40 years of service in the housewares industry. During his tenure at IHA, Reynolds served in various management positions, most recently as vp/global trade development. He joined IHA in 1997 with experience in both the retailer and supplier sides of the industry. After his retirement, Reynolds will continue to work with IHA on various projects on an occasional basis.
Reynolds’ trade development responsibilities will be assumed by Jon Jesse, vp/industry development, who joined IHA in 2016.