Arlee Group bolsters product development

The Arlee Group announced last week the appointment of Robert Panko as vp in charge of product development.

Panko, who most recently was a brand manager for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, works directly with Marsha Caparelli, senior vp of design, and is also involved in all of the company's current product lines, including decorative pillows, soft window coverings, table linens and throws.

In addition to his tenure at MSLO, Panko has also worked for defunct retailer Abraham & Strauss and Bloomingdale's By Mail.

"Given the way our business continues to evolve, Robert will be a great asset," Caparelli said. "He knows product, has experience as both a buyer and merchandiser and is versed in sourcing. These are all the pieces of the puzzle in today's market."

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