Fort Lee, N.J.—Couristan’s George G. Couri, chairman, and Ronald J. Couri, CEO, have appointed Michael J. Riley as the company’s new president. Riley was most recently president of Oriental Weavers USA.
“In order to accelerate the transformation of Couristan to respond to the changes in the marketplace for the coming decades, Mike is the perfect fit to join my brother Ron and me in leading those efforts,” said George Couri. “With his expertise across Couristan’s residential and hospitality divisions, he will be an asset to the company.”
As president, Riley will be overseeing the residential and hospitality sales teams. Under Riley’s leadership, Steve Codella will be heading sales of the broadloom and roll runner divisions, and Mark Ferullo will be in charge of area rug sales. Niall Coree will continue to oversee the sales and operations of the contract/hospitality division, reporting to Riley as well. The new president will be based in the company’s Fort Lee, N.J. global headquarters.
Riley started with Oriental Weavers USA in 1995 and became president in 2003 in addition to being CEO of their hospitality division for the past 7 years. “I made the decision to join Couristan based on an alignment of visions with George and Ron as to the future of the industry as well as their decision and commitment to respond to the rapidly changing distribution landscape,” Riley said. “It is essential for companies to be nimble in this rapidly changing climate. Together with the talented Couristan team and the full support of the ownership, I am committed to achieving dramatic growth for Couristan in the US markets.”