The NPD Group, Inc., a global information company, today announced the promotion of five company officers to lead industry sectors across its Americas practice areas. They are: Perry James, President, US Hardlines; Mike Leahy, President, Canada and Latin America; Diane Nicholson, President, US Softlines; Arnie Schwartz, President, US Food; and Karl Werner, President, US Technology. All report to Dennis Brown, Group President for Americas Commercial Business.
As head of NPD’s US Hardlines business, Perry James oversees NPD’s Toys, Home, Office Supplies, and Automotive practice areas. James has been with NPD for 18 years. According to the company, he successfully launched NPD’s Office Supplies business in 2007, and in 2009 was named President of the Office Supplies group. In 2011 he added to his responsibilities leadership of NPD’s Home business, which includes Housewares. Before joining NPD, James was with ACNielsen. He holds an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.S. from the University of Connecticut.
“Our new sector leadership team positions us to continue to raise NPD’s game as an industry leader across the broad range of practice areas we serve,” said Dennis Brown, Group President for Americas Commercial Business. “Our clients’ needs are evolving, and we are ready to elevate our level of engagement. These leadership changes equip us to continue providing the market information NPD is known for – as well as a growing array of solutions that allow us to partner in new ways and drive better business decisions throughout organizations.”