Smith’s Consumer Products Inc., parent company of KitchenIQ and Firewire, has appointed Beau Parker to replace current CEO Dan Glidden, who will be retiring effective April 30. The company also announced it will be opening a new office in Nashville, TN with all operations and supply chain remaining in Hot Springs.
Parker most recently was the gm of Oreck and TTI Floor Care and previously was president of Power Tool Accessories at Stanley Black & Decker. Parker assumes the CEO position and is responsible for strategic direction of all Smith’s divisions, including Smith’s sporting goods and the housewares brands, KitchenIQ and Firewire.
Effective immediately, Mark Adkison, formerly vp/global sales for the company, has been promoted to CMO, a newly created position. Jeff Scanlon, formerly of Newell Rubbermaid and TTI Floor Care, was hired as vp/global sales. In addition, Karl Russ, formerly vp/finance, was named chief financial and operations officer. Sandi Skillern was promoted to controller and Rick Karnbach was promoted to director of operations.
Adkison will oversee all marketing initiatives for the company, head product development and will report directly to Parker. He will be charged with driving long term expansion tied to new categories, innovation and future marketing.
Scanlon reports directly to Parker as well. His background includes selling to and driving significant growth at mass retail, grocery, outdoor and department stores, the company said.