Laurie Burns, director of Forty One Madison and svp/Rudin Management Co., Inc., is stepping down from her position, to pursue new career opportunities.
Burns will remain through the fall New York Tabletop Market, which will be held October 17 to 20, with October 20 as her final day. She has held her current role for the past nine years. The search firm Korn Ferry has been hired to find her successor.
Rudin Management president Eric Rudin noted that Burns joined Forty One Madison at the beginning of the recession, yet she managed to strategically attract a broader roster of tenants, adding a significant number of overseas brands to the North American market. According to Rudin, under her watch the property’s showroom occupancy has consistently remained at peak levels.
“Laurie has been a loyal, trusted, hardworking and valued member of our team,” said Rudin. “Laurie’s legacy leaves a giant footprint, and we are tremendously grateful for the leadership she has brought to the role.”
In choosing to step down, Burns explained, “This has genuinely been a dream job and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to be an intrinsic part of the tabletop industry and supported so generously by Rudin Management. I’m proud of the achievements made here at Forty One Madison, but it’s time for me to take on new career challenges. My decision to leave is bittersweet.”