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EveryWare Global appoints interim CEO

EveryWare Global’s board of directors has named Sam Solomon as interim CEO. Solomon is succeeding John Sheppard, who left the company this week.

Solomon has more than 20 years of leadership experience in branded consumer, multichannel businesses, including Sears, the Coleman Company and Procter & Gamble. Most recently, he served as president of the Sears/Kmart tools, hardware and paint business where he was responsible for the Craftsman brand. Prior to Sears, Solomon served as president and CEO of the Coleman Company, a division of Jarden Corp., a global consumer products company, for seven years. At Coleman, Solomon led the company to double-digit sales and profit growth through innovative marketing, effective sales strategies, operational excellence and aggressive international expansion.

“Sam is an accomplished executive with a clear understanding of strategy, finance and operations in the branded consumer product industry,” said Daniel Collin, chairman of the board of directors at EveryWare. “We are confident that he brings the right management skills and leadership to ensure the company continues to execute its business strategy, including securing new customer wins in underserved channels, expanding the international and specialty segments, and identifying cross-selling opportunities in the foodservice segment. We look forward to working with Sam as EveryWare continues to grow and innovate. In addition, on behalf of the board, I would like to thank John for his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

The board of directors has formed a search committee to evaluate candidates to serve as the company’s permanent CEO and has engaged executive search firm Korn Ferry to assist in the process. Solomon is a candidate in the search for a permanent EveryWare CEO.

“I am excited about EveryWare’s opportunity to build on its established and compelling business model. The Company has extensive avenues for growth that can be achieved by leveraging two of the most recognized brands in the tabletop industry, strong customer relationships and continued product innovation. I look forward to working with EveryWare’s customers, suppliers and team members,” added Solomon.