Painter Named Whalen President After Ken Whalen Passes

According to sources at the company, Steve Painter has been named president of Whalen Furniture Manufacturing. His appointment follows the passing of former president and founder Kenneth Whalen on September 28.

Whalen had sold his namesake company to Li & Fung last year. He continued to operate it as a division of Li & Fung. Whalen had built the company from scratch and made it one of the major forces in ready-to-assemble, case goods and storage furniture production.

Painter had been president of Whalen Storage and continues supervising that operation, according to the sources.