Laurie Burns to Leave Forty One Madison
August 9, 2017,
NEW YORK—After nine years and 18 tabletop shows, Laurie Burns, the director and face of Forty One Madison, is stepping down.
Burns will remain through the next New York Tabletop Market, Oct.17- 20, her final day, said Eric Rudin, president of Rudin Management, which owns and operates Forty One Madison. The search firm Korn Ferry has been hired to find her successor.
Joining the Merchandise Mart just as the economy was headed into a recession deeply impacting the tabletop industry, Burns managed to map out an effective strategy that ultimately helped to attract a broader roster of tenants, adding a significant number of overseas brands wanting to break into the North American market. According to Rudin, under her watch the property's showroom occupancy has consistently remained at peak levels.
The time was right to make a change, Burns told HFN, and she leaves her post confident that the building, which is full, is in a strong position.
In choosing to step down, Burns explained that, "This has genuinely been a dream job and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to be an intrinsic part of the tabletop industry and supported so generously by Rudin Management. I'm proud of the achievements made here at Forty One Madison, but it's time for me to take on new career challenges. My decision to leave is bittersweet."
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