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Robert Allen reworks senior sales mgrs

Retail Editor 8 -- Home Textiles Today, October 20, 2010

New York - Three executive appointments have been made at the Robert Allen Group as part of a realignment of the company's senior sales management.

Robert Duban, formerly vp, contract sales since 2008, has been promoted to svp, contract sales. He joined the company in 2003 as director- residential sales - west. He will provide guidance for all sales activities in the west and southwest.

David Lappert, general manager of American Century Home since 2005, is rejoining the company as vp-residential sales effective Nov. 1. He was operating vp-sales for the Robert Allen Group from 2004 to 2005 and earlier was a Robert Allen sales representative for 11q years. He will assist in all sales activity in the eastern and southeastern regions.

Brian Richards, vp-Canada, will add to his responsibilities by assisting in the management of all sales activities in the north central and Pacific northwest US regions in addition to Canada. He joined Robert Allen in 1999 as sales manager and was promoted to general manager and then vp-Canada.

The three report to Greg Tarver, president of the Robert Allen Group, who noted that the three "have extensive product and market experience...Our new sales model will inherently harmonize all Robert Allen business units."

In a related appointment, Jenny Wilde, vp-product development, will assume responsibility for marketing in addition to her current duties. Wilde, who joined the company in 1995, has been involved with marketing during her time with the company. She reports to Jeff Cordover, chairman - Robert Allen Group. Glenn Gold, evp-chief marketing officer, is no longer with the firm.

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