Savaria Named CEO at WestPoint Home

NEW YORK--Normand Savaria has been appointed president and CEO of WestPoint Home, succeeding John Piazza, who has left the textiles manufacturer.

In addition, the company has named Taran Chernin to the newly created post of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

Both executives come to WestPoint with extensive experience in merchandising home products. Most recently, Savaria was president and CEO of Chenab USA, a manufacturer of home textiles and apparel, in which he managed the company's transition from a wholesale supplier to a direct-to-retail supplier to department stores and specialty stores. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and chief merchandising officer of Revman International.

Chernan had served as vice president of product development at Linens 'N Things, in which she was responsible for product development, private-label products and global sourcing. Her career also includes positions with Bloomingdale's, ultimately serving as fashion director of the department store's home textiles group.

In a statement announcing the appointments, Carl Icahn, WestPoint's chairman and chairman of parent company Icahn Enterprises, described both executives as "leaders in the home field," and cited "their deep knowledge of brand management, product design and development, and consumer trends."

Piazza joined WestPoint in May 2008 after serving as CEO of Sara Lee Corp.

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