Robinson Home Products, which holds the license for Oneida consumer product categories in the U.S., has appointed Ross Patterson president. Former president and CEO Jim Walsh will retain the role of CEO, remaining involved in the strategic direction of the company.
In Patterson’s six-plus year tenure as business director, tabletop, at Robinson, the company has grown 40% in the tabletop category over that time, according to the company.
Patterson takes the helm of Robinson’s day-to-day operation and will collaborate with the company’s board of directors to implement key development strategies. He will guide the strategic evolution of critical business areas, including both owned and licensed brands in tabletop, tools and gadgets, cutlery, cookware and bakeware.
“We consider ourselves fortunate that in 2009, when we acquired the license for Oneida tabletop, we also ‘acquired’ Ross as part of the deal. His strategic, visionary thinking and sound judgment have been a driving force behind the exponential growth in Oneida tabletop, and we’re delighted to expand his talents into other areas of Robinson’s business,” said Walsh.
Patterson said, “It’s an exciting time to be stepping into this role, with the opportunity to harness all the innovation and category growth that Robinson has fostered in recent years. As we continue to evolve into a complete resource for kitchen and dining, we’ll bring even greater value to our retail partners who seek to connect with today’s discerning customers.”
Prior to joining Robinson in 2009, Patterson had a decade-plus tenure at Waterford Wedgwood USA before landing at Oneida, first as senior marketing manager and later as director of marketing.