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While Derek Miller has been president of the International Housewares Association for a year his history with the organization dates back two decades.
HomeWorld’s People To Watch selections each year (August 19 issue) typically include executives in newly appointed leadership posts. But never in the 14-year history of this special annual edition has the group been filled with so many recently installed heads of major housewares and retailing operations.
Robinson Home Products appointed Ross Patterson president in 2016, with Jim Walsh remaining as the company’s CEO. At the time, Patterson had spent more than six years as director of business for the tabletop division at Robinson, which at that point, held the license for the Oneida consumer product categories in the U.S. including tabletop, flatware, cookware and bakeware.
Consumer beverages are no stranger to Bryan Welsh. Since 2005, he has held several key positions within PepsiCo, which now owns SodaStream. These include senior director of category management, sales, strategy & planning at PepsiCo Canada and vp/gm of a Pepsi-Starbucks North American coffee partnership.
Marcelo Borges has served as the CEO of Tramontina’s U.S. division since August 2018. He has an extensive background in the financial industry, which will aid him as the company continues to look to increase profitability while shifting its manufacturing to a more global-based model.
Named to his current position at Spectrum Brands in early 2019, Dave Albert is no stranger to the company nor the consumer products marketplace. At Spectrum, he has held a variety of executive positions including vp/international with the company’s Hardware & Home Improvement Division and vp/gm of Canada and Asia Pacific.
To advance a pilot program launched in October of last year, Kroger and Walgreens have launched Walgreens own-brand health and beauty products in 17 Kroger stores across Knoxville, TN, as well as the expansion of Kroger Express and Kroger Pickup at Walgreens stores.
Igloo Products Corp. has introduced several new licensed cooler collaborations with Disney and Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products.
Albertsons recently named Gineal Davidson president of the company’s Portland division, which operates over 140 stores in Oregon and Washington.