Fritz Hansen Appoints Vice President Americas

Chris Paulsen joined Fritz Hansen as Vice President Americas effective May 1st, 2023, driving the business and strategy for the region.

Since 1872, Fritz Hansen has been committed to high-quality, unique design that stands the test of time. The brand now strengthens its position in the Americas with the appointment of Chris Paulsen.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris Paulsen to Fritz Hansen. With his proven track record in successful brand building, sales and distribution development in both contract and retail, we look forward to growing our business and strengthening our position in the Americas” says Lars Hardboe Galsgaard, EVP Sales and Brand Management.

Tasked with accelerating growth and empowering the local market, Paulsen brings more than a decade of retail and contract sales management experience to his new role, most recently as Managing Director Americas for GUBI and formerly as General Manager at Design Within Reach.

“It is an honor, and I am truly humbled to be appointed as Vice President Americas for Fritz Hansen. I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and success of the brand and to serve as an advocate for the values that have made it such an enduring presence in the industry. For the confidence that has been placed in me, I am grateful, and I look forward to working closely with the team to build upon Fritz Hansen’s legacy to ensure its continued success,” Chris Paulsen says.

Chris Paulsen assumed the position at Fritz Hansen’s New York office from May 1st, 2023.


Founded in Denmark in 1872, Fritz Hansen is a global leader in furniture, lighting and accessory design and production. Driven by a passion for beauty, quality, and craftsmanship, the company embodies a modern, Nordic lifestyle and collaborates with visionary artists, designers, and architects from around the world. The brand has collaborated with Arne Jacobsen, Cecilie Manz, Hans J. Wegner, Piero Lissoni, and Poul Kjærholm, among others.

Today, Fritz Hansen designs are sold in more than 85 countries through 2,000 points of sale, including flagship stores and showrooms in Copenhagen, San Francisco, New York, London, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. The company employs 350 people worldwide and maintains its headquarters north of Copenhagen, serving design-passionate customers through contract and retail.

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