Calhoun, Ga.—Mannington Commercial has named Richard French its new president, effective today. He replaced Tom Pendley, who was promoted to chief operating officer of Mannington Commercial’s parent company, Mannington Mills, last month.
“Richard will be a tremendous asset to our commercial business team,” Pendley said. “He is a proven leader with deep experience and knowledge of the floor covering industry and the various commercial market segments we serve. Richard’s enthusiasm and character are an excellent fit for the Mannington organization, and we look forward to a successful future under his leadership.”
A veteran of the floor covering industry, French was most recently the senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Bentley Mills. Before joining Bentley Mills, French spent more than 20 years at Interface serving in a variety of leadership roles before becoming the company’s vice president of sales for the Americas. French began his career at Milliken.
“It’s exciting to be joining an organization such as Mannington Commercial, which has such an exceptional reputation within the floor covering industry and among the architect and design community,” French said. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire organization to build on the values, the culture and the assets that are in place to drive even greater value for our customers.”
French graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and has completed an executive program in organizational leadership at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He and his wife Leanne live in Atlanta and have two sons.
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