Fred Dohn Elected to IHA Board

New board officers were also elected
September 17, 2015Allison Zisko

IHA boardFrom top: Fred Dohn, Gary Seehoff, Gregory Cairo, Brett Bradshaw
ROSEMONT, Ill.-Fred Dohn has been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association. Dohn is CEO Americas, Arc International.

Dohn’s three-year term begins Oct. 1,2015 and ends Sept. 30, 2018.

New board officers were also elected. Gary Seehoff, director and founder, Evriholder Products, was elected chairman; Gregory Cairo, president, Groupe SEB USA, was elected vice chairman/chairman elect; and Brett Bradshaw, president, Bradshaw International, Inc., was elected treasurer.

All officers serve one-year terms from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016.

Retiring from the board is Keith Jaffee, chairman, O2 Cool. Re-appointed for a second three-year term were: Hildy Abrams, CEO, Gourmet Settings Inc., and Bradshaw.

Dohn joined Arc International, a manufacturer and marketer of glass tableware, in 1987 and held various sales and marketing positions including director of North American sales. In 2001, he was named CEO of North America. In 2003, Dohn moved to France to work at the parent company, running the global B2B business and joining the executive management team. In 2007, he returned to the U.S. as CEO of the Americas. In this capacity he has led a successful turnaround of the U.S. business, IHA said in a statement. In January 2016, Arc’s U.S. facilities will be expanded for the third time in the last five years. The company’s brands include Luminarc, Cristal d’arques and Chef & Somellier.

Seehoff founded Evriholder Products in 1994 after inventing its first two products, Twirl A Tie and Twirl A Belt. He built the company into one of the largest distributors of housewares impulse products and programs, including kitchen, barware, cleaning, storage and bath and personal care categories.

Cairo joined Groupe SEB USA as vice president of sales in August 2006, with responsibility for cookware and small domestic appliances for the Emeril, T-fal and WearEver brands. He was named president in January 2010 and currently oversees cookware and small domestic appliances for the All-Clad, Imusa, Krups, Lagostina, Rowenta, T-fal and WearEver brands. Before joining Groupe SEB USA, Cairo served as the vice president for the Calphalon/WearEver Division of Newell Rubbermaid from 2000-04 and then with Global Home Products from 2004-06. He also serves on the board of the Cookware Manufacturers Association.

Bradshaw joined his family-owned company in 1994. A leading supplier of kitchen tools, bakeware and cookware marketed under the Good Cook, Betty Crocker, Bialetti and T-fal brands as well as various retailer private labels, the company was started in 1966 by brothers Doug and Ben Bradshaw and their father, Buzz. Before becoming the fourth generation in the family business, Bradshaw was a key account manager for Nestle from 1990-93.

Also serving on the IHA Board are: John (JC) Collins, president, global market and sales, Neatfreak; Evan Dash, CEO, StoreBound; Dave Elliott, general manager, KitchenAid Global Small Appliances and immediate past IHA chairman; Richard Joseph, managing director, Joseph Joseph; Robert Kay, chairman/CEO, Taylor Precision Products, Inc.; Anthony E. Kircher, president, Winix; Daniel Oehy, president, Swissmar; Alejandro Peña, president, USA, Jarden Consumer Solutions; Paul Rowan, co-founder, Umbra LLC; David Sabin, CEO, The Fuller Brush Company; Jenna Sellers Miller, president, Architec; Will Symonds, president, DKB Household USA Corp.; and Philippe Trudeau, president, Trudeau Corporation.

Serving on the executive committee of the board are Gary Seehoff, Gregory Cairo, Brett Bradshaw, David Elliott, Daniel Oehy and John (JC) Collins.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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