Barbara Turf, CEO and president of US kitchenware retailer Crate and Barrel, is to receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award from the US’ Housewares Charity Foundation.
She and Jerry Rubin, chairman, CEO and president of Helen of Troy – who will be presented with the Humanitarian of the Year Award – will both be honoured at the HCF’s gala held during this March’s International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.
Turf’s association with Crate and Barrel began in 1967, when she became a part-time sales assistant at the first Crate and Barrel store in Chicago’s Old Town. Soon after, she left her job in the teaching profession to join the company full time, and in 1974 went to the corporate headquarters to oversee the stores and personnel.
In January 1996, Turf was appointed president of the retail chain and joined then CEO Gordon Segal in directing the company’s long-term development. She was named CEO in May 2008.
Jerry Rubin is the founder of Helen of Troy, which designs, develops and markets household and personal care products sold under numerous brands, including OXO, Good Grips, Revlon and Vidal Sassoon.
Both he and Turf will be recognised by the HCF for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership.