Flos Announces Appointment of New CEO of Flos USA
Flos, the world leading manufacturer of lighting solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Schiffers as the new CEO of its Flos USA Subsidiary. Schiffers took over her new duties on September 15th, 2020 with all North American Flos Group operations (Flos USA and Flos Custom by Lukas Lighting) reporting directly to her.
Schiffers brings to Flos a deep knowledge and wealth of experience in the lighting design industry. Upon receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design – The New School, she worked in notable architectural lighting design firms in New York City. She then owned and operated her own lighting design firm, specializing in hospitality, academic and corporate projects throughout the United States. Throughout her career, Schiffers has gained 30 years’ experience in the lighting industry, using her design background to represent her clients’ needs and to work internally with product developers to realize refined aesthetics and product innovations with constant attention to brand awareness and visibility.
Most recently, Schiffers served as Senior Vice President of Specification Sales at USAI Lighting, where for 10 years she has driven outstanding sales growth and worked with top-tier lighting designers, architects, engineers and sustainability directors. Along with her expertise, she also brings valuable connections within the A&D community. With a collaborative and enthusiastic spirit, she will work to grow all facets of Flos USA’s business.
Flos CEO Roberta Silva said: Ann has an outstanding background, expertise and attitude that qualify her as the best talent to take the lead of Flos North America’s team and drive the growth of the four divisions – Flos Decorative, Flos Architectural, Flos Outdoor and Flos Custom, allowing the company to capitalize on the great potential of this key region.
Flos USA CEO Ann Schiffers said: I am thrilled to join a world-class team and represent iconic brand Flos while furthering its connections in the A&D community and developing new opportunities in the residential sector, hospitality market and beyond, offering unparalleled interior and exterior products.
Founded in Merano in 1962, Flos is recognised as a leading international-level manufacturer of top-end designer lighting and innovative lighting systems for both residential and professional sectors. The company boasts a catalogue packed with iconic lamps created by legendary names in the history of design such as Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Michael Anastassiades, Vincent Van Duysen, Nendo, Formafantasma, and many others.In over fifty years of business, Flos has grown significantly, showing a constant commitment to research and innovation in lighting, teamed with a remarkable capacity for identifying new creative talent.In November 2014, acquisition by the Italian private equity firm Investindustrial of a majority stake in Flos marked the start of further industrial development and expansion on a global level. In 2015 Flos acquired NYC-based Lukas Lighting, a company specializing in the design, development, and manufacturing of sophisticated custom lighting products and projects, which has now become Flos Custom by Lukas Lighting. In June 2015, Ares, the Italian benchmark manufacturer of outdoor architectural lighting, also joined the Flos group. The Outdoor division thus became the fourth production unit at Flos, alongside its historic design, architectural and custom product lines. In November 2018, Flos, together with B&B Italia, Louis Poulsen and Arclinea, became part of The Design Holding, a project stemming from collaboration between the investment company Investindustrial and The Carlyle Group. The holding represents the largest global group in the sector of top-end interior design.In June 2019, Roberta Silva was appointed CEO of Flos, with a view to managerial development of the holding, guided by President and CEO Gabriele Del Torchio.Flos today offers a universe of fully integrated solutions. It exports to more than 80 countries worldwide and has single-brand stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, Lyon, New York and Stockholm. Its creations have received countless international awards and many of them now feature in the permanent collections of major art and design museums around the world. usa.flos.com | @flos_northamerica