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AURORA BRANDS ANNOUNCES NEW CEO JOHN LING AND TRANSITION IN SENIOR MANAGEMENT
AURORA, NY (October 13, 2015) – Aurora Brands, the parent company that owns and manages MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater announces a shift in senior management and the appointment of John Ling as CEO. Ling will take over responsibilities from Lee Feldman, managing partner of Twin Lakes Capital who led the acquisition of the business in 2008.
Upon acquisition of MacKenize-Childs in 2008 and Jay Strongwater in 2011, partners Lee Feldman and Howard Cohen took on active CEO and CFO roles as well as sitting on the boards to help grow the business into the success it currently is at. Feldman and Cohen will remain active in both brands as well as sit on the boards but are eager to turn over day-to-date responsibilities to the highly capable, successful and eager Ling.
John Ling brings a strong pedigree and level of experience to the business hailing from Crate and Barrel where he spent 15 years. During Ling’s tenure at Crate and Barrel, it grew from a regional tabletop and housewares retailer to a global, multi-billion dollar, omni-channel retailer - adding furniture, e-commerce and international retail along the way. Ling provided leadership for Crate and Barrel’s e-commerce platform, international retail operations, global sourcing, vendor management and end-to-end supply chain operations. Most recently he was CEO of Artissimo Designs, a leading provider of fashion-forward and licensed wall art to retailers including Nordstrom, Living Spaces, Restoration Hardware, The TJX Companies, Wal-Mart, and Target. Early in his career, Ling was at Frito-Lay for 10 years with roles in plant management, industrial engineering, distribution, transportation and manufacturing engineering. He subsequently spent 4 years with Merck-Medco Managed Care in general management, customer service, and engineering roles.
“This is really bittersweet for us,” noted Lee Feldman, managing partner of Twin Lakes Capital. “It has been an incredible journey since we first arrived in May of 2008, we have seen revenue triple and have maintained strong profitability over the past 7 years,” noted Feldman. “Introducing strong leadership that can take both businesses further has always been our end goal and we’re excited for this next chapter of development and growth.”
Aurora Brands is conducting an aggressive search for a CFO candidate and will likely announce an appointment in early 2016.
MACKENZIE-CHILDS EXPANDS KIDS AND BABY CATEGORY WITH NEW BEDROOM FURNITURE IN TWO UNIQUE COLLECTIONS
Rosie Sweet & Posie Pop Create a Fairytale Bedroom For Little Girls
AURORA, NY (MARCH 23, 2015) – This spring, MacKenzie-Childs (www.mackenzie-childs.com), the iconic American luxury design company, is unveiling the Rosie Sweet bedroom furniture collection and the Posie Pop bedroom accents collection amongst other distinctive, whimsical, and unique items.
“We have so many mothers as collectors and fans. We are thrilled to now offer our new bedroom designs for their daughters,” said Rebecca Proctor, creative director at MacKenzie-Childs. “Now our customers can begin collecting MacKenzie-Childs for their children. Each high-quality piece marries color and pattern, hand-painting, hand-applique, decoupage elements, and our signature Courtly Check, to make it uniquely ours.”
The Rosie Sweet furniture collection is for every little girl that is dreaming in pink. The Full Poster Bed ($3,995), hand decorated with a confectioner’s palette of pastels and MacKenzie-Childs signature Courtly Checks®, is where princesses dream of laying down their pretty heads. The bed features a quartet of poster-top bouquets in Courtly Check vases and a trompe l’oeil “tufted” headboard. This collection also includes a Bookshelf ($2,450), Dress Up Mirror ($1,650), Dresser ($2,950), Night Table ($1,475), Tutu Stand ($895) and Vanity Mirror ($995).
Imagine waking up amidst the flowers of a sunny, summer garden and you’ll understand the inspiration for the Posie Pop collection. Playful layers of texture and pattern are adorned with splashes of pink, flowers, and a few friendly bugs. The Posie Pop collection includes pillows, quilts, rugs, shams, and a whimsical tent ($225) where afternoons can be spent imagining adventures in a flower-filled garden.
Iconic Lifestyle Brand MacKenzie-Childs Expands Flagship in New Retail Location
MacKenzie-Childs (www.mackenzie-childs.com), the iconic American luxury home furnishings and personal accessories company, announces the relocation of its New York City flagship store, just in time for the holidays. On Black Friday, November 23, the custom-designed 4,000-square-foot boutique will open at 20 West 57th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, just a few doors west of the current store location. Read full story.
MacKenzie-Childs was born of our love of home and our commitment to fresh, innovative design. For more than 20 years, our talented designers and artisans have created beautiful, original products that add joy and grace to homes great and small throughout the world. Colorful, hand-made ceramics, enamelware, glassware, furniture, and home accessories define our collection. Read full story.