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International Housewares Association

Contact: Deborah A. Teschke
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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ROSEMONT, ILL. (Jan. 21, 2019)—Jacob Maurer, president, Americas, The Cookware Company, has been named to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA). His three-year term ends Sept. 30, 2021.

Maurer joined The Cookware Company in February. Privately owned and founded in Belgium, The Cookware Company is a global cookware manufacturer, pioneer and inventor of ceramic nonstick cookware under its namesake brand GreenPan. The company's brand portfolio now includes GreenLife, Blue Diamond, OXO cookware and the newly acquired Dutch brand B-K. Before moving to the supplier side, Maurer worked for Sur La Table for 15 years, serving most recently as senior vice president/GMM.

Also serving on the IHA Board are chairman John (JC) Collins, president & chief marketing officer, Neatfreak Group; vice chairman/chairman elect Howard Steidle Jr., CEO, John Ritzenthaler Co.; treasurer William Endres, president, Select Brands; immediate past IHA chairman Brett Bradshaw, co-president, Bradshaw Home; Neal Asbury, CEO, The Legacy Companies; Steve Greenspon, CEO, Honey-Can-Do International LLC; Scott Henrikson, president, Dexas International; Darrin Johnston, managing director, Meyer Corporation; Robert Kay, CEO, Lifetime Brands; Melissa Kieling, CEO, PackIt, LLC; Lisa W. Knierim, president & CEO - Americas, Villeroy & Boch; Yvette Laugier, general manager, Peugeot Saveurs North America, LLC; Ingerid Mohn, president, Sagaform Inc.; Thomas Nichols, president, Pretika Corporation; Michael Stoll, president, UT Brands.; and Will Symonds, president, DKB Household USA Corp.


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IHA is the 81-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$364.2 billion at retail worldwide in 2017 ($91.6 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, group buying discounts on business solutions services and direct-to-consumer engagement through