Hickory Springs Realigns Executives
March 15, 2013,
HICKORY, N.C.-Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company has announced key executive staffing appointments that support recent changes to the company's corporate structure.
The changes support Hickory Springs' formation of four new business units--bedding solutions, furniture solutions, transportation solutions and diversified solutions.
Jimmy Bush, senior vice president corporate development. Bush joined the company in 1978 as a sales trainee and has held a variety of leadership roles with Hickory Springs, most recently serving as senior executive vice president wire products group.
Lee Lunsford, executive vice president chief operating officer. Lunsford joined Hickory Springs in 2003 as senior vice president operations. He was promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer in 2011.
John Mayo, vice president general council. Mayo began his career with Hickory Springs last June as general counsel for the company.
Jim Packer, vice president human resources. Packer's career with Hickory Springs began in 1979 as a personnel trainee. He progressed to supervisor and manager before holding positions as area personnel manager, corporate human resources administrator and manger and director of human resources.
Valerie Reid, chief financial officer and corporate treasurer. The former corporate assistant treasurer brings 14 years experience with Hickory Spring to her new position.
John Saladino, vice president strategy and acquisitions. Saladino is new to the organization, assuming this position last October.
Don Simpson, corporate director administration. Simpson joined Hickory Springs in 1989 as an accountant. Since then, he has held positions as general manager Pacific NW, operations manager west coast, director of administration and, most recently, general manager.
David Underdown, senior vice president supply chain. A 30-year veteran of Hickory Springs, Underdown was most recently secretary/vice president of purchasing.
Dwayne Welch, executive vice president chief marketing and innovation officer. An 18-year veteran of Hickory Springs, Welch was named executive vice president sales and marketing in 2009 and promoted to executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer in 2011.
In addition to these executive-level appointments, Hickory Springs announced the leadership structure for all manufacturing, quality and logistics. Reporting to Lunsford, the leadership team members are:
Rich Derian, director corporate logistics. Derian joined Hickory Springs one year ago to direct logistics, distribution and fleet operations.
Buster Mann, senior vice president manufacturing. Since joining the company in 1975, Mann has held several positions in his 37-year career with Hickory Springs, most recently serving as senior vice president foam operations.
The company said that additional details will be provided in coming weeks regarding the build out of the team reporting to Welch as he assumes responsibility for engineering, research and development, marketing and communications, international sales and incubation markets.
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