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Brizo draws on chess pieces for new bath design

BY HBSDealer Staff

Brizo is leveraging chess pieces for design inspiration with the launch of its new Rook collection of bath faucets, fittings and accessories.

Rook is characterized by a low spout architecture and crisp, octagonal details, featuring a variety of single-handle and widespread lavatory faucets with channel or closed spouts, a channel spout vessel lavatory as well as cross or lever handles on all two-handle products.

"The blocked shape of the collection was a result of its design inspiration: a rook chess piece," said Seth Fritz, Brizo product designer. "We wanted to focus on the intersection of old and new. This faucet has a touch of modern with a hint of masculinity, along with elements of classic and traditional design."

Rook also includes a Roman tub faucet and freestanding tub filler that are available with a channel spout.

There's also an optional SmartTouchPlus Technology, available on the single-handle closed spout lavatory faucet, for touch-sensitive and hands-free operation.

Other products in the collection include a bidet, shower and tub trims, showerheads, tub spouts, towel bars, tissue paper holders, robe hooks, universal tank lever, and drawer knobs and pulls.

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Spectrum Brands shuffles its board

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Spectrum Brands Holdings has reordered its board of directors, with current CEO Andreas Rouvé replacing retired CEO David Lumley.

Rouvé has been elected to the board, effective Oct. 1. He's been serving as president and CEO since April 1, 2015.

This is the last step of the succession plan following Lumley's retirement, who is resigning from the board effective Sept. 30. Lumley has been on the board since April 2010.

“We are pleased to welcome Andreas to our board as he focuses on accelerating organic growth, expanding regionally, and increasing our rate of product innovation,” said David Maura, chairman of the board of Spectrum Brands Holdings. “Andreas is off to a strong start as our new CEO. We look forward to working closely with him as he executes on our strategic plans and takes our Company to the next level of growth and profitability.

“On behalf of our Board,” Mr. Maura said, “I want to thank Dave Lumley for his many valuable contributions over the past five years and wish him the very best with all of his future endeavors.”

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Bosch names new vice president

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Robert Bosch Tool Corporation named Joshua Babcock as VP of industrial sales.

Babcock joined Bosch in 2010 as the director of marketing for Bosch measuring tools.

Babcock will lead the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation sales teams, which serve the professional channels of distribution and the independent hardware and lumber channels of distribution for power tools and accessories in the U.S.

Additionally, Babcock will provide leadership to the market impact teams, which promote Bosch brands with professional users on job sites across the U.S.

The Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power tools, rotary and oscillating tools, accessories, laser and optical leveling tools, and range-finding tools.

In addition to Bosch Power Tools, the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation portfolio of brands includes SKIL, Dremel, RotoZip, and Vermont American, among others.

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