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Skehan & Associates adjusts management

Cape Coral, Fl.—Skehan & Associates, an independent sales representative agency, will undergo its first major change in management. Effective Jan. 1, David G. Skehan, president, will assume the new title of founder and CFO. With this change, Skehan will end his day-to-day operational control of the agency. In addition, John B. Chaney will assume the post of president.

Chaney joined S&A as the Midwest regional manager in June 2010. He is a 36-year veteran of the floor covering industry, having held positions in the retail sector including supervisor of installations, product buyer and store manager. He also served in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, most notably as district manager for Kentile in the Ohio and Indiana region, regional manager at Chicago-based Johnsonite, district manager for IVC US in the Midwest region, sales manager at Irvin Kahn Co. in Indiana and Kentucky and vice president of field sales at CDC Distributors in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

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Bentley Mills adjusts senior leadership

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 11.29.14 AMLos Angeles—Bentley Mills, a division of the Balta Group, has made several changes at the top of its organization. Ralph Grogan is leaving his post as president, returning permanently to the east coast for personal reasons. Jim Harley, a seasoned industry executive who rejoined Bentley nearly five years ago as chief operating officer, will take the helm as president. Richard French, a proven leader in commercial carpet sales, will move into a newly created role as vice president of sales.

“Bentley is the strong, resilient, competitive company it is today because of Ralph and Jim’s joint leadership,” said Tom Debusschere, chief executive officer of Balta Group, the Belgium-based manufacturer of textile floor coverings that acquired Bentley earlier this year. “We are thankful for his vision, strategy and commitment to our brands. Jim is the perfect person to continue the momentum and lead Bentley into its next chapter.”

Harley has earned a distinguished reputation in the floor covering industry. He started his career with Bentley more than 30 years ago as part of the management team that built the company from a small start-up carpet manufacturer in 1980 into a brand widely recognized for its innovative design, high-quality products and excellence in customer service. He returned to Bentley in 2013 after spending eight years in executive roles at Tandus Centiva (now part of Tarkett), Monterey Carpets and Chroma Systems.

“I’ve spent 20 years of my career at Bentley and have never been more excited about the future,” Harley said. “We have an extraordinary group of people, and I look forward to working with them as Bentley continues to grow.”

To further bolster Bentley’s growth trajectory and meet the demands of a dynamic market, the company has created a new position to oversee its sales strategy. French takes on the role following more than 21 years at Interface, where he served as its vice president of sales for the Americas. French brings experience in exporting to Latin America and developing national accounts across North America, where for Bentley now has a competitive mid-market positioned product in Modulyss.

Grogan, who came back to Bentley in 2013 with the responsibility for reinvigorating the brand and cementing its competitive position in the marketplace, explained, “The decision to leave Bentley is bittersweet, but personally it’s the right move for me and my family. Jim has played a critical role in Bentley’s success over the last four-plus years. There’s no one better for the job.”

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Invista makes changes to leadership

Maggie Bidlingmaier
Maggie Bidlingmaier.

Kennesaw, Ga.—Invista has tapped Dan Haycook as president of Performance Solutions. He will replace David Duncan, who is now executive vice president of building products at Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia-Pacific. In his new role, Haycook will be responsible for overseeing all operations and development strategies for the Invista Performance Solutions businesses.

Haycook previously served as the executive vice president of Invista Surfaces. He also has served in leadership roles for the Invista Apparel and Performance Materials businesses, spending six years in Shanghai, China as executive vice president of Asia Pacific. Previously, he held several leadership positions with KoSa, prior to the merger with Invista in 2004. Haycook joined the company in 1989.

Concurrent with Haycook’s new position announcement, Invista has also tapped Maggie Bidlingmaier as vice president of Invista Surfaces. She will lead efforts pertaining to the many Invista Surfaces brands, facilitate growth strategies and drive business development.

Bidlingmaier brings her years of success in building the Stainmaster brand and leading innovative retail channel efforts. She joined Invista in 2014 as vice president of Retail Channel before being promoted to vice president of Invista Stainmaster Flooring Solutions. Bidlingmaier will report to the new president of Invista Performance Solutions, Dan Haycook.

Before joining Invista, Bidlingmaier spent 15 years in various leadership positions with Avery Dennison, driving global businesses, strategic technology platforms and new product innovations.

Both Haycook and Bidlingmaier will operate from the Invista office in Kennesaw, Ga.