Home furnishings execs head new generation list
February 26, 2001,
NEW YORK -Bea Spires and Barry Leonard are two of five textile industry executives cited by Textile World as "the new generation of leaders" for 2001-a noteworthy moniker because they are home furnishings executives.
Leonard, president and coo of Spartan International, and before that a 20-year Springs Industries veteran, joined Spartan in 1999 "and set the course for the company to become a global marketing and merchandising company," moving it away from its manufacturing roots.
Interestingly, Textile World last year cited Quaker's ceo Larry Liebenow for his leadership qualities.
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