Springs shuffles deck with Gaffney, Shealy
June 18, 2001,
The roles of Tom Gaffney and Torrence Shealy within Springs Industries have shifted as the company consolidates its marketing and merchandising divisions.
"Other than safety, quality assurance is the single most important thing in our organization," O'Connor told Home Textiles Today about Shealy. "It's a very important function which demands credibility and an understanding of the market. Torrence is, by far, the best candidate for the job."
O'Connor said that all of Springs' quality organization will now be managed from one place, instead of the former practice where each plant was responsible for its own quality.
In his new role, Gaffney will now direct the combined resources of the marketing and merchandising departments, further strengthening Springs' account-based focus. Nancy Webster and Leslie Gillock will continue to work with Gaffney in their roles as vp, creative development, bed and bath division, and vp, brand management, respectively.
Also announced by Springs was the retirement of Bob McCabe, vp, bedding merchandising, and the subsequent promotion of Harvey Simon.
McCabe was employed by Springs for almost three decades. Simon joined the company in 1993 and had worked for many divisions, including retail stores as well as sales and marketing.
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