People To Watch
While Derek Miller has been president of the International Housewares Association for a year his history with the organization dates back two decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before joining J.C. Penney, Jill Soltau was CEO of Joann Stores, a specialty retailer of fabrics and crafting supplies with about 850 stores across the United States. When it announced her hiring, the retailer emphasized that she helped reinvigorate the Joann brand and improved its market position by taking a consumer-oriented approach to determine and deliver compelling assortments.
Rich Krause is no stranger to C-suite level positions. Prior to joining Capital Brands, the parent company of Nutribullet, in August of 2018, Krause had held the CEO spot at a number of companies including Confluence Outdoor, a supplier of premium kayaks, canoes and related products; and FeraDyne Outdoors, a supplier of various outdoor products.