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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Jeremy Liebowitz

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Newell Rubbermaid has made way for a major e-commerce recalibration with the appointment of Jeremy Liebowitz as the company’s first VP global e-commerce. Touting an 18-year track record of driving e-commerce growth, Liebowitz will be spearheading Rubbermaid’s latest initiative to develop a global online presence.

Liebowitz is leaving his position as VP digital commerce and marketing at Jaden Corp., where he achieved steady online revenue growth over five years. 

"In this highly visible and collaborative role, Jeremy will focus on maximizing our online commercial presence with existing customers and developing a long-term channel strategy to drive growth," said Mark Tarchetti, Newell Rubbermaid’s chief development officer.

The move comes amid faltering confidence among inside traders, according to Insider Monkey. The number of long-term hedge fund positions has recently shrank by at least five for Newell Rubbermaid.

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Daniel Siegel

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Lifetime Brands has appointed Daniel Siegel as president. Since joining the company in 1992, Siegel has held various positions, including senior VP sales and executive VP. He also serves on the boards of directors of Grupo Vasconia S.A.B., Lifetime’s 30%-owned partner company in Mexico, and GS Internacional S/A, the company’s 40%-owned partner company in Brazil.

“Dan has made many significant contributions to Lifetime,” said Jeffrey Siegel, Lifetime’s chairman and CEO. “Over the last two years, Dan has been the principal architect of Lifetime Next, the strategic initiative that lays out our path for moving forward over the next five years. Dan also is responsible for Lifetime’s expanded focus on product innovation, for developing the company’s social media and electronic marketing strategies and for overseeing the company’s expansion into new markets outside North America.” 

The company also announced that, at the annual meeting of stockholders on June 13, stockholders elected the following directors to serve until the next annual meeting: 

  • Jeffrey Siegel, chairman and CEO;
  • Ronald Shiftan, vice chairman and chief operating officer;
  • Craig Phillips, senior VP distribution;
  • David E. R. Dangoor, president, Innoventive Partners LLC and Honorary Consul General of Sweden in New York;
  • Michael Jeary, president, Laughlin Constable;
  • John Koegel, principal, Jo-Tan;
  • Cherrie Nanninga, chief operating officer, New York Tri-State Region, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.;
  • Michael J. Regan, retired partner, KPMG; and
  • William Westerfield, retired partner, Price Waterhouse.

In addition, stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013.

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DR Power Equipment unveils 3-Point Hitch Mower

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DR Power Equipment has announced a new addition to its Trimmer line: the DR 3-Point Hitch Fence Line Mower for tractor owners.

The new mower was added after the company heard from customers that the original Trimmer Mower worked well for small to medium areas of grass and weeds, but that long fence lines required a lot of "on your feet" time. The tractor-mounted DR 3-point hitch Fence Line Mower was designed to meet this need, making trimming long fence lines easier.

The DR 3-Point Hitch Mower features a spring-loaded mowing arm that automatically deflects around fence posts, mail boxes and other obstacles, allowing the machine to trim up close. The pivoting deck allows it to trim around ponds and along roadside ditches as well.

"We are really excited to be able to offer this new Trimmer Mower to our customers with tractors and large properties” said Joe Perrotto, CEO of DR Power Equipment’s parent company, Country Home Products. “The walk-behind Trimmers are fantastic for most homeowners — and a big step up from hand-held ones — but with the PTO model, we can reach a whole new segment of customers who need an even easier way to do clean up long fences and roadsides."

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