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Pivoting To A More Responsive Retailer Ranking

First-half retail financials confirm sudden shifts in retailer market share during the pandemic. The results also confirm an unprecedented, yet necessary, pivot by the HomeWorld Business team in the development of its annual ranking of top housewares retailers.

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Bob Maricich, International Market Centers

Bob Maricich has a long history in the furnishings business including a stint as president and CEO of Century Furniture. Prior to that, he was president of American Drew and American of Martinsville after holding senior positions at companies such as Flexsteel and Texaco. He took over Internationals Market Centers leadership in 2008.

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Pamela Stafford, Hestan Culinary

A long-time veteran of the housewares industry and brand building, while working for Brady Marketing, Pamela Stafford was tapped by Stanley Cheng, founder of Hestan Smart Cooking and Hestan Culinary, to bring this new cookware brand to the market.

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Greg Cairo, Le Creuset Of America

Greg Cairo spent 14 years at Groupe SEB, USA, in a variety of roles, including high-ranking positions as vp/sales as well as president. In 2019, Cairo was tapped to lead Le Creuset of America after the retirement of long-time CEO Faye Gooding.

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Mike Evans, Bestar-Bush

Mike Evans has enjoyed a long career at ready-to-assemble furniture maker Bush Industries during which time he assumed multiple executive roles including supervising the company’s product leadership and global sourcing, and business development functions.

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Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond

Mark Tritton became Bed Bath & Beyond’s new president and CEO late last year and immediately faced the challenge of extending a turnaround strategy initiated by the board of directors but under the influence of new executives he brought on board soon after arriving.

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Chris McDonough, Corkcicle

Corkcicle appointed Chris McDonough as its new CEO in late June. He succeeds Ben Hewitt, Corkcicle’s co-founder, who will remain on the company’s board of directors.

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Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s

Marvin Ellison took the president and CEO role at Lowe’s two years ago and, at the same time, joined the company’s board of directors. He moved to Lowe’s from J.C. Penney, where he served as president and chairman of the board.

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Andreas Hansen, Plum

Eleven months ago, Andreas Hansen took the reins as global president of Plum and decided to fundamentally transform how consumers enjoy wine.

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Joana McKenna, Walker Edison

Walker Edison recently named Joana McKenna president. She reports directly to Brad Bonham, the company’s co-founder and CEO and will work with him and the company’s other co-founder, Matt Davis, COO, to enhance and drive the company’s growth initiatives.

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Ben Gadbois, Corelle Brands

Ben Gadbois was named president and CEO of Corelle Brands in June. The company, which is backed by Cornell Capital, is home to the Pyrex, Instant Pot, Corelle and SnapWare housewares brands.

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Derek Miller, International Housewares Association

Derek Miller, president of the International Housewares Association since 2018, joined the IHA in December 1999 as director of international business development, then was named vp/international services in October 2001. He became IHA vp/global marketing in March 2014.

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Janet Hayes, Crate & Barrel

Janet Hayes officially joined Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc. on August 1 as its new CEO. A seasoned executive with over 25 years of retail experience, Hayes brings a track record of developing and repositioning brands with deep expertise in the home category.

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David LeClair, Associate DMM Merchandising, Staples

The office superstore retail channel found itself in an advantageous position as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S., as restrictions to personal movement caused many consumers to become remote workers. David LeClair was one of the people who helped Staples meet the challenge of a suddenly changed market dynamic.

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