By Alan Wolf, YSN
Industry manufacturers have announced a series of new executive appointments as 2021 begins to unfold.
At GE Appliances, kitchen and bath design authority Richard Anuszkiewicz has been tapped as Creative Director of the company’s luxury Monogram brand. In his new role, the acclaimed designer will provide strategic design counsel on brand initiatives, including product launches, tradeshows, creative campaigns and marketing assets. He will also serve as an ambassador to the consultative Monogram Designer Council, of which he was a member in 2019.
“Richard has been such an amazing contributor to Monogram over the years, including designing our award-winning booth at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show [KBIS] for the past two years,” said Julie Burns, executive director, Monogram. “His luxury design aesthetic, keen eye and discerning point-of-view embody our brand belief that it’s the details that define luxury. We are grateful to have him on board in a more formalized role and are looking forward to the amazing collaboration to come.”
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Meanwhile, timed to this week’s International Builders’ Show comes LG Electronics’ announcement of a new commercial channel hire: Randy Warner, a 30-year industry veteran, joins the company’s Home Appliance Business-to-Business division as Vice President of Sales. Warner comes to LG by way of Samsung, where he was Sales Vice President of the vendor’s luxury Dacor brand. A director of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), producers of the influential Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), he also held senior roles at Sub-Zero and Electrolux.
“Randy Warner is widely respected in the industry and I expect his extensive expertise in the luxury and builder segments will contribute significantly to LG’s continued momentum,” said Sam Kim, LG’s President of Home Appliances.
And for those with a hand in the TV and consumer tech business comes word from Sony Electronics of President/COO Mike Fasulo’s pending retirement after 37 with the company. An industry icon, Fasulo joined Sony in 1984 as a financial analyst and went on to hold multiple leadership positions including Executive Vice President Sales; U.S. Chief Marketing Officer; President/CEO of Sony-funded e-commerce startup E-Solutions; and President of the Media Solutions Company.
As head of Sony Electronics, Fasulo oversaw a multi-billion-dollar business across North America and led a strategic transformation and dramatic change in corporate culture that resulted in a successful turnaround and record results, the company said.
“Throughout his extensive career at Sony Electronics, Mike has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Through his uncompromising focus on creating unique and compelling customer experiences, he has contributed greatly to Sony’s purpose to ‘fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology.’ I want to thank Mike for his strength, passion and exceptional stewardship of Sony Electronics over many years.”
Fasulo will be succeeded on April 1 by Neal Manowitz, Deputy President, Imaging Products and Solutions – Americas for Sony Electronics.