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IHA announces management team changes

Jeff Murphy Joins the International Housewares Association as Vice President, International

Jeff Murphy has joined the International Housewares Association as vice president, international, the Association has announced.

“IHA’s international efforts are a strategically significant element of the Association’s mission,” says Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Two mission items, bringing the international retail community to the International Home + Housewares Show and providing assistance to IHA members who wish to do business globally, warrant a strategic level position and attention. We are pleased to have Jeff’s experience guide us in these activities.”

Jeff has been involved in international sales for more than 20 years. Most recently he served as vice president of international sales at Wilton Brands LLC for more than 13 years, where he presided over a significant global growth for the company. Before that, he was an international sales consult, working with clients such as Nordic Ware, Progressive International, Home Products International (Homz), Pfaltzgraff, Anchor Hocking Glass and Wilton Brands. 

“Having been an international sales executive and IHA member for many years, I have made valuable use of the great benefits that IHA offers to its members,” Jeff says. “I now look forward to working inside IHA to create even more value for the IHA membership, particularly with regards to its international scope and efforts.”

Derek Miller, formerly vice president, international, has served as vice president, global marketing, for the last three years. In late 2013, IHA unveiled a new strategic plan and re-aligned staff resources to support the plan. Miller is responsible for IHA and Show marketing efforts, including the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Retail Excellence.

IHA also announced that Perry Reynolds, vice president, global trade development, will retire March 31 after 20 years at the Association and 40 years of service in the housewares industry. During his tenure at IHA, Reynolds served in various management positions, most recently as vice president, global trade development. He joined IHA in 1997 with experience in both the retailer and supplier sides of the industry. He began his housewares career as a buyer and merchandise manager for retailers in the mass market, supermarket and distributor channels before moving to the manufacturing side with positions at EKCO Housewares and Progressive International.

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