Thibaut taps a digital chief, Ken Downing to lead Hearst e-commerce, and more – Business of Home

Thibaut taps a digital chief, Ken Downing to lead Hearst e-commerce, and more – Business of Home

2022 has finally arrived—and for a slate of industry professionals, the new year means making a fresh start at a new company or a new promotion. Read on for Business of Home’s monthly roundup of arrivals and departures in design, manufacturing, media and more.

To the Trade

Thibaut has brought on a new vice president of digital transformation, tapping Eli Wendkos to fill the role. Wendkos joins the team from previous digital positions with brands such as Coca-Cola, Starbucks and, most recently, Lowe’s. In other company news, Thibaut is expanding its salesforce in the Southeast, welcoming a roster of new sales representatives that include KJ Morgan to service North Carolina, Amber Nyberg to oversee South Carolina, and Stephanie Bone to cover north Texas.

Hooker Furnishings has announced three promotions: Alexandra Parrish steps into the role of vice president of e-commerce within the HMI Group; Matt Angle becomes vice president of e-commerce and digital marketing for Hooker Legacy Brands; and Sheila Mullins is now vice president and group controller of HMI Group, where she will be responsible for managing and directing financial planning and budget management for the company. Parrish has served the company for the past 13 years, holding positions such as customer service manager, senior manager key accounts, sales operations manager, and director of sales, operations, e-commerce and territory accounts within HMI Group. Angle, who has been at Hooker Furnishings for nearly seven years, previously served the company as an e-commerce marketing manager and director of e-commerce and digital marketing.

Stacy Montero has joined Whirlpool Corp. as manager, overseeing JennAir Brand Management and the company’s showroom in the A&D building. Montero most recently served as Cosentino’s showroom manager in the A&D Building and previously worked in public relations within the design industry, working as an account executive at Head & Hand PR and as communications director at Upspring PR.

Madera Surfaces welcomes Bobby Contini as the brand’s new senior director of sales. Contini—who most recently served as managing director at LV Wood—joins the company at its New York flagship showroom, where he’ll work with both the East and West coast teams.

Design & Architecture

JCJ Architecture has announced a new slate of promotions, including the appointment of four new principals: Amy Hull, Randall Hull, Sharmista Mitra-Kelly and Jeanne Muscolino. The group has promoted Chris A. Boldt, Grace E. Fabian, Marek Falkowski, Larry Sassi, and Danae Tinsley to the senior associate level, while raising 10 new team members to the associate level. The cohort includes Michelle Chapman, David Hubbard, Jordan Kazmierczak, Megan Lamontagne, Dustin Lombardi, Sean Pendley, Emma Plagemann, Lisa St. Amand and Brian Stone.

Premier, an architecture, interior design, procurement, and project management firm, has announced that CEO Hector Sanchez has been appointed head of hotel development for the firm’s parent …….