Gaenslen Named CEO of Loftex, Bader Appointed to Top Post at Organic Mattresses

Malinowski named CEO of ABM North America, Bowman appointed sales VP at Heritage Home Group
Posted on June 24, 2016 by HFN Staff

It was a busy week in home furnishings as several companies named new chief executives and others appointed heads of sales, operations and product development.

Charles Gaenslen has been appointed CEO of the U.S. division of Loftex. He assumed the responsibilities June 6, succeeding Frank Chang, who has been promoted to president of Loftex. Gaenslen began his career in home textiles at Bardwil Linens. He moved to Welspun as COO in 2005. Most recently, he served as COO of Indo Count, a vertical sheeting supplier located in India. His early career was in the consulting sector with Kurt Salmon.

Organic Mattresses Inc. has named Jeff Bader CEO. OMI was founded by his father, Walt Bader, who has assumed the role of chairman. Before coming to OMI, Jeff Bader was executive vice president and chief information officer with Freight Logistics, a worldwide transportation and logistics-solutions provider which he helped found in 2001. He has also been a member of the OMI board since 2011 and is an active member in a number of logistics organizations including Warehousing Education and Research Council and the International Warehouse Logistics Association.

Steve Malinowski has been appointed CEO of ABM North America, the manufacturer of the Kis brand of storage products using dual-injection and in-mold labeling technology. ABM North America recently changed its name from a.b.m. Canada. Malinowski will assume his new post July 11. Previously, Malinowski was president and CEO of Kraus Flooring Group, a manufacturer and distributor of flooring. Prior to Kraus, he was president of Janes Family Foods, a Canadian brand of chicken.

Kevin Bowman has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of sales for luxury brands of Heritage Home Group. In this role, Bowman is responsible for the company’s luxury brands, which include Hickory Chair, Henredon, Pearson, Drexel Heritage and Maitland-Smith. He leads the sales efforts in building and expanding market share, and is in charge of cultivating longterm relationships with Heritage Home’s retail and interior design partners.

Jeff Wilson has returned to Midwest-CBK as vice president of product development and creative, where he will oversee all aspects of product design and manage growth and development of the Midwest Seasons and G! brands. Wilson previously spent seven years with Midwest-CBK as vice president of creative, product development and marketing, and president. He comes most recently from Byer’s Choice and Hallmark Cards where he served in multiple senior leadership roles, managing the creative development of several new product categories and market opportunities.

Pleasant Mattress has named Russell Raymond director of operations, a new position for the company. Raymond oversees the company’s manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Pleasant Mattress, Raymond was the plant manager for Brake Parts Inc. where he managed $50 million in annual sales and was responsible for the company’s operations.

Industry veteran Laura Van Zeyl will join Dallas Market Center as vice president of lighting technology development and marketing, a new position, effective July 30. Reporting to Eva Walsh, executive vice president, leasing and marketing, Van Zeyl will be responsible for leasing, marketing, and overall strategy for the lighting marketplace of manufacturer showrooms located in the Trade Mart building as well as the Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show. Based in Chicago, Van Zeyl has covered the lighting and home industries since 1993, and was previously publisher/editorial director of Residential Lighting and Home Fashion Forecast magazines.