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International Housewares Association

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Contact: Deborah A.Teschke
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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IHA ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT TEAM CHANGES

Jeff Murphy Joins IHA as Vice President, International; Perry Reynolds to Retire


ROSEMONT, Ill. (Jan. 11, 2017)—The International Housewares Association today announced the hiring of Jeff Murphy as vice president, international, effective Feb. 1 and that Perry Reynolds will retire March 31 after 20 years at the Association.

“IHA’s international efforts are a strategically significant element of the Association’s mission,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Two mission items, bringing the international retail community to the International Home + Housewares Show and providing assistance to IHA members who wish to do business globally, warrant a strategic level position and attention. We are pleased to have Jeff’s experience guide us in these activities.”

Murphy has been involved in international sales for more than 20 years. Most recently he served as vice president of international sales at Wilton Brands LLC for more than 13 years, where he presided over a significant global growth for the company. Before that, he was an international sales consult, working with clients such as Nordic Ware, Progressive International, Home Products International (Homz), Pfaltzgraff, Anchor Hocking Glass and Wilton Brands.

“Having been an international sales executive and IHA member for many years, I have made valuable use of the great benefits that IHA offers to its members,” Murphy said. “I now look forward to working inside IHA to create even more value for the IHA membership, particularly with regards to its international scope and efforts.”

Reynolds will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2017 Show after 40 years of service in the housewares industry. During his tenure at IHA, Reynolds served in various management positions, most recently as vice president, global trade development. He joined IHA in 1997 with experience in both the retailer and supplier sides of the industry. He began his housewares career as a buyer and merchandise manager for retailers in the mass market, supermarket and distributor channels before moving to the manufacturing side with positions at EKCO Housewares and Progressive International. After his retirement, Reynolds will continue to work with IHA on various projects on an occasional basis.

“It has been my honor to service this great industry, and though I am leaving IHA on an everyday basis, I plan not to move too far away,” Reynolds said.

“Perry brought a unique perspective to IHA from having been on both sides of the manufacturer/retailer relationship. Through the years, he has used those experiences to create programs and services that have enhanced the International Home + Housewares Show for attendees and exhibitors and strengthened IHA member services,” Brandl said. “Perry is well-known throughout the industry, especially among our community of independent retailers, and we are pleased he will continue to represent IHA for occasional projects.”

Reynolds’ trade development responsibilities will be assumed by Jon Jesse, vice president, industry development, who joined IHA in January 2016.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For a high res photo of Jeff Murphy or Perry Reynolds, please email Debbie Teschke at dteschke@housewares.org

The International Housewares Association is the 78-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$331.1 billion at retail worldwide in 2014 ($75.1 billion at retail in the U.S.). The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at www.housewares.org and group buying discounts on business solutions services.