Gilmartin retires from Covington
January 6, 2009,
New York – Roger J. Gilmartin, president and ceo of Covington Fabric & Design, has retired effective immediately.
Said Gilmartin, “I’m 65 this year and it’s time to devote more time to my wife and our activities. I leave behind a great team, committed ownership, some wonderful customers and vendors, and many very happy memories of this exciting period of my career. It’s now time for a little less excitement.”
“We have a very strong plan for ’09 going forward with many thanks to Roger, whose retirement came as a bit of a surprise,” Kahan remarked. “The new line introduced at Showtime was the most extensive in years and we had a great Showtime. Roger basically executed our plan and our inventories are full.”
Kahan added, “Roger is a legendary force in our business and has played a key role in building, maintaining and then restoring the Covington brand to preeminence. Not only has the business been revitalized and recapitalized under his leadership – Roger has overseen the introduction of the well-received new line Covington recently introduced into the marketplace.”
He continued, “On behalf of the entire Kahan and Covington families, we wish him and Lynn a wonderful retirement and look forward to many years of association.”
Kahan, whose previous company role had been chairman, “will be on the road a great deal as well as in New York.” The company, he explained, “has a very collegial management team” including Tom Bruno, vp of sales; Marion Murray, vp creative services and design; and John Severson, cfo. Steve Marrandino, formerly vp of sales, contract and specialty products, has left the firm and “we will work out dividing his responsibilities.”