New CEO for hhgregg

Serta Simmons Bedding promotes Jim Gallman to EVP
August 5, 2016Allison Zisko

TotalHome CareerMovesRobert Riesbeck, interim president and CEO of specialty retailer hhgregg since February, has been named president and CEO and will remain CFO until a replacement is named. Macy’s has a new chief legal officer and Simmons, BDI furniture and Trudeau made executive appointments this week.

Riesbeck joined hhgregg in 2014. Prior to joining the retailer, Riesbeck served as operations executive/group CFO at Sun Capital Partners, where he was responsible for financial and operations oversight of a diverse group of portfolio companies with combined revenues exceeding $5 billion. “Over the past six months, we have made progress toward our top company goal of driving sales growth through our focus on appliances, furniture and large, premium television,” Riesbeck said. “The team we put in place over the last 12 months will continue to build on this momentum to achieve our company’s growth and profitability goals and drive the long-term shareholder value of hhgregg.”

Macy’s Inc. named Elisa D. Garcia chief legal officer, effective Sept. 7. She succeeds Dennis J. Broderick, who is retiring as general counsel and secretary Oct. 1 after 29 years of service. Garcia brings 16 years of broad-ranging experience as a corporate general counsel for major consumer-facing companies. Garcia joined Office Depot Inc. in 2007 as executive vice president/general counsel and secretary, and became chief legal officer in 2013.

Serta Simmons Bedding has promoted Jim Gallman to executive vice president, marketing for Simmons Bedding Company, effective immediately. Gallman previously served as senior vice president, brand management and succeeds Jeff Willard, who resigned to pursue a leadership role in the entertainment and lifestyle management space. Gallman joined Simmons in 2014 from NCH Corporations, where he served as senior vice president of sales & marketing.

Prithvi Kumar has joined BDI furniture as product development manager. Previously, Kumar served as manager, continuous improvement and quality assurance for a manufacturer of contract office, healthcare, medical furniture and airline transportation interiors. “Prithvi is a production management and quality assurance professional with a real passion for problem solving, process improvements and product design,” said Bill Becker, BDI’s Design Director and CEO. “His extensive background in furniture and other product manufacturing will strengthen BDI’s product development program from initial concept, to design, to testing, through production.”

Trudeau Corporation has appointed Jim Teml senior vice president, responsible for sales and business development for Trudeau USA. Previously Teml worked at Wilton Brands for 20 years, most recently as executive vice president, sales and category management. He will be based in the Woodridge, Illinois facility.

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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