Arc Names Kris Malkoski CEO

Arc International has named Kris Malkoski as CEO of Arc Americas, effective April 1. She will assume the role from Fred Dohn, Arc Americas CEO since 2007, who will be leaving the company on March 31.

Malkoski was most recently president, global business and chief commercial officer for World Kitchen, LLC. Prior, she served as vp/general manager for the Craftsman brand. Additionally, she served as chief marketing officer and chief people officer for Ubiquity Brands.

“We are delighted to welcome Kris into the Arc family,” said Nicholas Hodler, Arc International president & CEO. “Kris’ knowledge of the global housewares market, expertise in implementing strong strategic commercial and e-commerce programs, and her leadership qualities will be undeniable assets for Arc Americas.”

With 2018 gross revenues of $242 million and approximately 1,000 employees, Arc Americas represents nearly 25% of the company’s sales, Arc officials said.

In announcing the appointment of Malkoski, Arc also said it is currently implementing six strategic priorities, focusing on safety; restoring profitability; focusing on customers; engaging employees; defining and controlling tools and processes; and innovation.

Arc Americas has launched several projects geared to improving operating performance, gross sales and margins and reducing SG&A, along with rolling out its digital platform to drive e-commerce sales. Further specifics on these initiatives were not immediately available.