New directors elected to IHA board of directors

By Muneerah Bee

Four new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the full-service trade association for the housewares industry. 

The new directors are Scott Henrikson, president, Dexas International; Darrin Johnston, managing director, Meyer Corporation; Lisa W. Knierim, president & CEO – Americas, Villeroy & Boch; and Ingerid Mohn, president, Sagaform Inc.

Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2018 and end September 30, 2021.

Also elected were new board officers:

  • Chairman – John (JC) Collins, president and chief marketing officer, Neatfreak Group
  • Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Howard Steidle Jr., CEO, John Ritzenthaler Co.
  • Treasurer – William Endres, president, Select Brands

All officers serve one-year terms from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

Retiring from the board are: Hildy Abrams, CEO, Gourmet Settings Inc.; Gregory Cairo, president and general manager, Groupe SEB USA; Alejandro Peña, managing director, North America, Keter North America; and Philippe Trudeau.

Re-appointed for a second three-year term were: Fred Dohn, CEO, Arc, and Howard Steidle Jr.

The IHA has also announced that Leana Salamah has joined the Association as vice president, marketing. She has 20 years’ experience in marketing, including trade show, association and event marketing, and is replacing Derek Miller who became IHA president October 1.

Salamah will be responsible for overall management of IHA and International Home + Housewares Show marketing, including IHA brand and member services, Show attendance campaigns, digital marketing and public relations & communications.

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