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David Friedson Passes

Posted on March 6, 2014 by HFN Staff

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NEW YORK-David Friedson, who served as chairman of Applica for nearly 20 years, died on Feb. 11. Friedson was 58.

Friedson became president of Windmere Appliances, the company founded by his father, Belvin, in 1985. He later added the titles of chairman and CEO. The company changed its name to Windmere-Durable Holdings after it acquired Hong Kong-based Durable Electrical Metal Factory in 1994.

The company's name was changed to Applica after it purchased the household products division of Black & Decker in 1998. Friedson resigned as chairman in 2004. Applica was acquired by Harbinger Capital Partners in 2007, which later merged it with Salton. The combined entity, whose name was changed to Russell Hobbs, was purchased by Spectrum Brands in 2010.

Friedson's other business interests included part ownership of the Charlotte Checkers, a hockey team in the East Coast Hockey League. He was also an investor and associate producer of a number of Broadway shows, including "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," "Dame Edna," "The Royal" and "Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home."

Friedson is survived by his wife, documentary film maker Susan Kaplan; two daughters, Maya and Aidan; a son, Andre; his mother, Lucille; and other relatives.

Memorials in Friedson's memory can be made to Equine Advocates of Chatham, N.Y., Radiation & Public Health Trust of Ocean City, N.J., or the Romemu Synagogue in New York City.