Brookstone, Abbyson Living Make Executive Appointments

Jura and Classic Brands also named people to new positions
October 7, 2016Andrea Lillo

TotalHome CareerMovesNEW YORK—Brookstone announced a new head this week, and Abbyson Living made a number of appointments. Jura and Classic Brands also named people to new positions.

Brookstone has hired Steven Goldsmith as president and CEO. Goldsmith will lead the company’s continued expansion in product development, U.S. and China-based retail stores, and wholesale partnerships. Prior to joining Brookstone, Goldsmith was president of The Shopping Channel, the Canadian multichannel retailer, from 2012 to 2016.

Abbyson Living has made several executive appointments. Beth Dixon has joined the company as vice president of sales, a new position, tasked for expanding Abbyson’s current Container Direct Program. Dixon has been in the furniture industry for 20 years, in positions ranging from retail buyer to vice president of sales and marketing. She was most recently a vice president at Cheers Man Wah; before than, she spent six years with American Home Furniture and nine years as an independent sales representative. Scott Ellyn, a former executive of Lenovo where he managed accounts such as Costco and Amazon, has been named Abbyson’s new vice president of sales for e-commerce. In addition, Iman Shahrokh rejoined Abbyson as retail sales manager and Mehdi Gold has been promoted internally to director of key accounts.

Jura has promoted Bradley Cooper to product manager for its Capresso brand. Cooper now oversees the management of the brand’s product development, and reports to April Strogen, director of marketing. Cooper has extensive experience with the Jura product team, having served for six years as customer service representative and four years as event representative. Most recently, he was associate product manager, specializing in the development and launching of new Capresso products.

Janna Pulver has been named to the newly created position of project director at mattress manufacturer Classic Brands. Pulver’s responsibilities in this role include strategizing project management cross-functionality, implementing new processes, improving standard operating procedures and working as a member of the marketing team. She reports to Mike Zippelli, Classic Brands’ president. Previously, Pulver was marketing development manager for SalesWarp, an order management system designed for retailers.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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