Carnegie Board Announces Executive Leadership Advancements
Carnegie, a certified B-Corporation and leading textile industry innovator, has announced three key appointments to its executive staff.
Jim Kaplan is named CEO of Carnegie and joins the company’s Board of Directors. Ethan Thurow, a member of Carnegie’s Board of Directors, said, “In just nine months since joining Carnegie, Jim has developed a strong understanding of our products and markets, and he has positioned Carnegie to continue its tradition of innovation and leadership in interior and architectural textiles. I’m delighted that Jim will lead the company forward as it reaches new heights”.
Since joining Carnegie as President last year, Kaplan has worked with leadership to develop a growth plan built on Carnegie’s values of sustainability, innovation, and design. As CEO, Kaplan will implement a strategic path forward that elevates and expands Carnegie’s existing product offering, introduces growth in key markets, and offers a higher level of service and improved user experience for architects and designers.
Adam Weiss joined Carnegie as Chief Financial Officer on March 11. “I am thrilled to have Adam join the Senior Leadership team as CFO. His rounded financial skill set and strategic operational experience make him a perfect candidate to help me drive growth throughout the organization over the coming years,” Jim Kaplan said.
A CPA with more than 15 years of experience in both public and private accounting, Weiss most recently served as Vice President of Finance for DCI-Design Communications, LLC, a private-equity-backed firm by Peterson Partners. In that capacity, he built and oversaw the finance function and led the firm through a very successful sale to Marlin Equity Partners in May, 2018. Previously, he held leadership roles in audit, compliance, and finance at Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 company. Weiss began his career with KPMG, LLP, a top 4 public accounting firm.
Erika Gaies has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales, North America, effective January 2019. Carnegie CEO Jim Kaplan said, “Erika brings to her new position as EVP Sales North America a wide range of skills necessary to excel as Carnegie’s sales leader. She is an innovator in sales platforms who will bring the necessary focus and expertise to the sales team to enable us to achieve our revenue growth targets.”
Gaies joined Carnegie as Sales Representative for the Greater Chicago Area and Wisconsin in May 2011. Since then, she has served in progressively more senior sales roles including Director, Vice President, and Executive Vice President of Sales for the Chicago region. She has held the role of EVP, Sales Strategy since August 2018. Gaies will lead Carnegie’s sales organization and strategy with a forward-thinking approach to the changing landscape of sales in the industry.
These changes to Carnegie’s leadership will help Carnegie continue to deliver the innovation, performance, service, and responsibility that its clients rely on. A strong, collaborative, and entrepreneurial executive team empowers Carnegie to go beyond meeting the market’s needs today, to providing what might be needed tomorrow.
For over 65 years Carnegie Fabrics has produced high-performing, environmentally responsible textiles that add beauty and function to building interiors. Dedicated to material research and exploration, the company introduced its breakthrough PVC-free fabric Xorel in 1981 and a plant-derived version, Biobased Xorel, in 2013. Carnegie is a certified B Corp, recognized on the 2018 Best for the World list for practicing the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability for balancing profit and purpose. carnegiefabrics.com