Lenox Corporation, a portfolio company of Clarion Capital Partners, has appointed Katrina Helmkamp as the company’s new CEO. Peter Cameron will be transitioning from the position of CEO to co-chairman of the board of directors.
Cameron said, “Lenox is a treasured American brand with dedicated employees. It has been my privilege to lead the business over these last eight years, and I am very proud of revitalizing Lenox’s prominence in the eyes of both our trade partners and consumers.”
In looking toward the future for Lenox, Cameron added, “Katrina Helmkamp is a dynamic executive who has a history of driving profitable growth in multiple formats and channels. I look forward to assisting Katrina in her new role, and introducing her to all of the company’s important stakeholders.”
Prior to joining Lenox, Helmkamp was CEO of SVP Worldwide, a sewing machine company with the Singer, Husqvarna Viking, and Pfaff brands. She had also held the title of svp/Whirlpool Corporation and group president of ServiceMaster.
Helmkamp said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to succeed Peter Cameron at Lenox. I am particularly excited by Lenox’s portfolio of leading brands. I look forward to working closely with trade partners and engaging with a new generation of consumers and designers to launch contemporary products that build on Lenox’s unparalleled history.”
In addition, Lester Gribetz has resigned as president of Lenox, and has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Gribetz will assist Lenox in transitioning his role to a successor while at the same time pursuing outside interests.