Kingsdown to Merge International, Domestic OperationsDecember 21, 2012
Bedding vendor Kingsdown will merge its international sales and operations with its domestic structure in order to better service and grow its foreign business.
Lee Hinshaw, who is president of international sales, has resigned his position and will depart the company at the end of the month.
As part of the leadership change, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing Kevin Damewood will have responsibility for all global sales. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Schmoeller will oversee manufacturing and distribution worldwide.
“Today, we are fortunate to have a significantly more experienced international and domestic management team who all have the capability of growing our business both domestically and abroad,” said Mebane, N.C.-based Kingsdown President and CEO Frank Hood. "Implementing a more unified approach to sales and operations will increase our effectiveness and accelerate our ability to grow our international operations. Consolidating all international and domestic functions play to our strengths in innovation and operational excellence. As we continue to grow as a company it becomes increasing more important that we operate with one consistent vision, as one company. We have experienced tremendous growth and success internationally and have many new exciting opportunities to grow the Kingsdown international family of brands.”
Hinshaw has worked in international sales and brand development for much if his 16 years with Kingsdown.
“We are extremely grateful to Lee for the contributions he has made to Kingsdown over these many years and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Hood.
“I am pleased to have played a role in building the Kingsdown brand into one of the leading global players in the industry. Through the hard work of our people, licensees and partners, we have developed many successful relationships around the world,” said Hinshaw. "At this juncture in my life, I am looking forward to pursuing new professional opportunities."