The Legacy Companies has named veteran housewares executive Jay Zilinskas president of the Legacy Companies’ consumer division.
Zilinskas, a 30-year housewares industry veteran, previously was president and CEO of cookware manufacturer and marketer Columbian Home Products. Prior to his position at Columbian Home Products, Zilinskas was COO at Buddy Valastro Entertainment, for which he headed new business development, licensing and merchandising for the company behind the popular “Cake Boss” franchise.
Zilinskas previously spent 19 years with Meyer Corp., serving in a variety of senior leadership positions with responsibility for strategic planning, business expansion, product development, marketing, e-commerce, operations and profitability improvement. Zilinskas helped expand Meyer’s business and brand portfolio, increasing revenue and driving market share gains.
“Jay is a performance driven executive with a proven track record. Having him as our new president of the consumer division will significantly advance our efforts to innovate our product portfolio, build our brands and unlock future growth opportunities,” said Neal Asbury, CEO of The Legacy Companies.
Legacy is the parent of housewares brands such as West Bend, Omega, Chef’s Choice, Avanti, Excalibur, Vinturi and Zeroll.