Helen of Troy Limited, designer, developer and worldwide marketer of brand-name personal care products and household consumer products, today announced several senior management appointments and related organizational changes.
The El Paso, Texas corporate headquarters based sales functions have been reorganized into two groups. Art August has been promoted to the position of president—Professional Division, and Bart Plaumann has been appointed to the position of president— Retail Personal Care Division.
Art August joined Helen of Troy Limited in June 1989, as regional sales representative in the Retail Appliances Division. Art has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the company over the past 18 years and has served as executive vice president since January 2000.
Bart Plaumann joined Helen of Troy's senior management team in his new position on Feb. 26, 2007. Previously, Mr. Plaumann held leadership positions with Jarden Consumer Solutions and The Holmes Group where he was senior vice president and general manager of the Kitchen Strategic Business Unit for the last 6 years. In that position Mr. Plaumann had responsibility for a U.S. $500 million dollar business comprised of Crock Pot slow cookers, RIVAL cooking and entertainment appliances, and Food Saver vacuum food storage appliances. Bart has worked for over 25 years in the small appliance industry, with extensive experience in the sales and marketing fields. He also held positions with Black and Decker and the Newell Companies. In addition to the Retail Appliance business, Bart's responsibilities will also include the Brush, Comb and Accessory Division.
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