Mark Adkison joins IHA

The International Housewares Association (IHA) of the US has appointed Mark Adkison as international vice president. He fills the vacancy left by the passing of Jeff Murphy in June.

Mark has more than 15 years of experience in the housewares industry, with an emphasis on global sales and marketing. He joins from NorthCentral, LLC where he served as president. Before that he worked for Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc. from 2007-2016 in the posts of of chief marketing officer and vice president of global sales.

He began his housewares career in 2002 with Grace Manufacturing, Inc./Microplane, serving as global business unit manager, kitchen division, and sales manager.

IHA president and ceo Phil Brandl said: “Mark brings a wealth of valuable knowledge and experience to the international challenge. He is very familiar with IHA through his involvement as a board member and past president of our international business council, and will take us to new heights of success in the international arena.”

Mark added: “I’m very excited to join IHA, and I believe the potential for value creation for association members and industry partners is tremendous. I look forward to working with the talented IHA team and the global home products community to deliver on that value promise.”

IHA is the 79-year-old voice of the US housewares industry, which accounted for $82.2 billion at retail in 2015. The not-for-profit association owns and operates the annual International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services.

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