WWRD Appoints Fencel V.P. Sales

NEW YORK-WWRD, parent company of Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, has appointed Rick Fencel, vice president of sales for independents, special markets & channels within the United States.

Previously Fencel served as the chief executive officer for Lladro USA and the vice president of sales at Royal Doulton USA. He is a 25-year veteran of the tabletop and home decor industry.  His previous experience includes management roles with Goebel of North America, Mikasa, The San Francisco Music Box Company and The Museum Company.  

Fencel will report to Michael Craig, group vice president of the Americas. Three managers will report to Rick in overseeing the key areas of business including Austin Frederick (Independents), Terry Loury (Special Markets) and Armand Figureas (Special Channels and Lighting).

"We are extremely excited to welcome Rick on board at WWRD knowing his long-standing reputation for delivering extraordinary service and bringing creative business solutions to the table," Craig said.

While Fencel will focus on independent retailers and special channels, WWRD has also appointed Lucas Updegraph as vice president of sales for national accounts.

HFN Staff | News & Commentary

HFN provides detailed information on the key home classifications: Housewares, Tabletop, Floor Covering & Rugs, Furniture, Home Textiles, Lighting, Home Decor, Mattresses & Bedding, Gifts, Major Appliances and Consumer Electronics as well as Business, Finance and Retail.


Current Issue

  • HFN May digital issue


    May 2017

    COVER STORY: HFN Turns 90

    We commemorate HFN's 90th anniversary by paying tribute to the iconic retailer and supplier brands--and the people--that have helped the industry flourish, then and now.


    • Up & Coming Leaders - The home industry is in capable and visionary hands as this year’s 40 Under 40 list attests. Today’s young leaders span all disciplines and varied levels of operation.
    • Omnichannel Retailing - In the Mobile App World, Time is Money