The Oneida Group has appointed Mark Eichhorn as the company’s new CEO.
According to the company, Eichhorn previously served as president and CEO of The Oneida Group’s core business, Anchor Hocking, from 1994 to 1999 and its predecessor company, EveryWare Global, Inc., from 2004 to 2012. Eichhorn, company officials said, has returned to accelerate the company’s focus on innovation, operations, customer service and strategic growth.
“Mark is uniquely qualified to lead Oneida forward, bringing in-depth knowledge of the company, deep understanding of the housewares industry and a successful track record working with customers, suppliers, employees and other stakeholders,” said Mayank Singh, a member of The Oneida Group’s Board of Directors.
The news of Eichhorn’s appointment comes on the heels of the closing of a $50 million capital raise backed by the company’s largest stockholder, Centre Lane Partners. The company also recently announced that the flagship Oneida retail flatware business would return to The Oneida Group, ending a licensing arrangement that existed since 2009, and that it will be returning to the International Home + Housewares Show in 2019.
“We see tremendous potential to leverage the iconic Oneida and Anchor Hocking brands to attract a new generation of consumers, with forward-looking designs and innovation that drive category growth for our customers,” Eichhorn said.
“With a strengthening financial position, we will have a tremendous opportunity to make significant growth-oriented investments in operations that will expand our production capacity and enable the company to increase product innovation, development and marketing,” added Eichhorn. “At the same time, we are heightening our focus on customer service, working to enhance our relationships with suppliers and other stakeholders and supporting our outstanding team of dedicated associates.”
In addition to his earlier tenure with The Oneida Group Board and as president and CEO of Anchor Hocking, Eichhorn has held other leadership positions with Anchor Hocking, Newell Rubbermaid and Rubbermaid Home Products. Most recently, he served as CEO of Hollander Sleep Products and prior to that, president and CEO of Columbian Home Products.