People on the Move: May 14, 2014

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Wayne Badovinus has been named president and CEO of Nambe.

Badovinus previously served as CEO at Design Within Reach where he oversaw the modern design retailer for six years. He is also the former president and COO of Williams-Sonoma and former president and CEO of Eddie Bauer.

“It is seldom the opportunity presents itself to work with a brand with design credibility like Nambé,” said Badovinus in a statement.


Judy Balderree, vice president of retail sales, is being promoted to the position of executive vice president, merchandizing, design at Aromatique Inc. In her new position, Balderree will retain her retail management responsibilities and be the point person for certain key accounts, serve as second in command of the Product Development team and as an officer of Aromatique, participate in most of the company’s strategic planning and decisions.

Carlton Collier, vice president of sales and marketing, is also being promoted to the position of executive vice president, product development, strategic marketing. In his new role, Collier will be head of product development. He began his career with Aromatique 25 years ago as a sales representative in Texas and the Western U.S., and also served as head of marketing in Heber Springs for the past 20 years. He will retain his management responsibilities of the major department stores as well as participate in the company’s strategic planning and decisions as an officer of Aromatique.

Vera Bradley

Former OfficeMax Inc. executive, Thomas R. Giacalone, has joined Vera Bradley as vice president of e-commerce.

In his new role, Giacalone will oversee, as well the brand’s digital operations, which includes its direct sales and wholesale divisions. He will report to the CEO, Robert Wallstrom, and then the company's executive vice president and chief marketing office once the position is filled.

Giacalone served as vice president of omnichannel strategy, OfficeMax, since 2012. He previously worked at Sears Holdings Corp., where he held a variety of positions, including divisional vice president, general manager of multichannel management. Giacalone also serves on’s member services committee.

Liz and Roo

Effective May 1, Brian Green has joined Liz and Roo as national sales manager. A 25-year plus juvenile industry veteran, Green recently formed Green Sales and Marketing. In addition to marketing Liz and Roo, Brian will represent Natart Juvenile and TULIP. He also have more than 19 years with juvenile retail store Great Beginnings.

Lifetime Brands

Glenn Simon, group president of Lifetime Brands’ Tabletop division retired on April 11, 2014. A 34-year industry veteran, Simon joined Lifetime Brands in 2007 as president of the Dinnerware and Glassware division, and was promoted to group president of the Tabletop division in 2009. He was instrumental in growing and elevating the Lifetime Brands tabletop business during his tenure.

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Scott Bial, president of the Lifetime Brands Metals division, has added the position of president of luxury dinnerware to his current duties. In addition to his current leadership on Lifetime Brands’ flatware and metal giftware, serveware businesses, he will also add oversight responsibility for the Mikasa dinnerware, glassware, and serveware businesses. Bial will report to Jeffrey Siegel, chairman and CEO, Lifetime Brands.

David Mackrell, senior vice president for the Lifetime Brands Housewares Dinnerware division, has been promoted to president of housewares dinnerware. Mackrell will provide strategic direction for Lifetime’s Housewares dinnerware brands, including Gourmet Basics by Mikasa, Pfaltzgraff, Bombay, Guy Fieri, and Nautica. He will also report to Siegel.


Douglas Fechter has been appointed chief financial officer at Sferra, a new position within the company. He will work at the company’s corporate headquarters in Edison, NJ, and report to Steve Schneider, president.

Prior to joining Sferra, Fechter worked with the Palyon Medical Corporation, a startup devoted to the creation of innovative drug delivery systems where he served as CFO from 2009 to 2014.

He also worked for 14 years with Pepsi-Cola International in a variety of financial and strategic roles in the U.S. and abroad and has extensive experience in financial analytics, accounting, tax, legal, HR management, and strategic planning across a variety of organizations, from start ups to billion dollar corporations.

Copyright Promotions Licensing Group

Ted Larkins, has joined Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG), a DHX Media company, as senior vice president, general manager of CPLG North America at the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles.

Larkins has represented major consumer, sports and entertainment brands including Pepsi, New Balance and Jack Nicklaus, and many of the Hollywood Studios’ portfolios over the years. He will report to CPLG’s CEO Peter Byrne.

The new U.S. office will work on opportunities with some of the world’s largest consumer goods market by leveraging U.S. properties to the international market and vice versa, and offer full-service agency capabilities of licensing, sales, retail development, product approvals, finance and legal services.

ELK Group

David Tremblay has been appointed sales manager, southern division, for ELK Group.

Prior to joining ELK, Tremblay spent 15 years in numerous senior management positions with EGLO Lighting, Hunter Fan Company and Casablanca Fan Company, developing partnerships in the showroom, mass merchant, e-commerce and specialty channels of distribution.

In his new role, Tremblay's responsibilities include managing company sales representatives in the Southern region of the United States, executing sales programs and key account support in both the lighting showroom and home furnishings channels of distribution. He will maintain offices in Atlanta.

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Andrews McMeel Publishing

Kathy Hilliard has been appointed as vice president of marketing, book division at Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP). She will report to Kirsty Melville, president and publisher.

Hilliard joined the Andrews McMeel team in 1985 as publicity director, overseeing publicity for such New York Times bestselling authors such as Gary Larson, Bill Watterson, Garry Trudeau, The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, and many others. She currently contributes to the planning and execution of marketing strategies across all platforms.


Arne Petersen will serve as the new vice president in charge of the Koelnmesse business unit Trade Fair Management , effective October 1, 2014.

In his new role, Petersen will be responsible for managing the leading Cologne trade fairs for interior and facility design, including imm cologne, LivingKitchen/LivingInteriors, interzum, ORGATEC, FSB, and aquanale.

Born in Hamburg, Petersen has already had great success as an organizer of business trade fairs and events for the general public. He previously worked in administration and project management as center manager of the World Trade Center WTC Bremen, in addition roles as director marketing and sales and managing director at G+J EME GmbH and business unit manager at Reed Messe in Austria. In his most recent position, he worked as sales director at Fachausstellungen Heckmann GmbH, which is part of the corporate group Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover.

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Lenise Willis, editor in chief; Anne-Marie Earl, managing editor; Cammie Collier, art director; and Brianna Glenn, assistant editor, love reviewing new products for Gifts and Decorative Accessories . The team stays on top of the latest trends in bath and body, candles, gourmet items, stationery, home décor, fashion and more, and love chatting about their latest finds. Check in each week for more of their latest picks on GiftRap, and see more of the team on their new bi-weekly video series, Thoughts That Count.

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