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DKB Names Symonds CEO Manual Appliances

Diethelm Keller Group (DKB) has appointed Will Symonds CEO of DKB Manual Appliances.

DKB is the parent company to several brands including Zyliss, Cole & Mason and Culinare, as well as its long-standing license partnerships with Jamie Oliver and Ken Hom.

According to the company, Symonds, who has served time on the board of directors of the International Housewares Association, joined DKB UK in 2003 as international sales manager and became responsible for all of DKB’s international sales in 2005. In 2010 he became president of DKB USA and has led the North American business for nine years.

As head of Manual Appliances, Symonds remains U.S.-based but will share his time as needed between the brands’ hub in Irvine, CA, Farnborough, UK, Shenzen, China and key international markets.

“We will continue to follow our successful strategy of building world class brands by connecting with consumers and working closely with our retail partners in order to succeed in the new omnichannel retail environment,” said Symonds.