Industry supplier and mattress and pillow manufacturer Latex International has hired Ken Hinman as executive vice president of sales and marketing. He is responsible for overseeing the Shelton, Connecticut-based company’s latex components business, as well as the Pure LatexBLISS mattress brand and Rejuvenite pillow brand. Concurrently, the company announced the resignation of E.B. Walthall, vice president of sales for LatexBLISS.
“We have been aiming to put our sales force under one umbrella for several years,” said Dave Fisher, Latex International president and chief executive officer. “I met and was very impressed with Ken during his time at Jamison, where we worked together to develop several new products featuring the benefits of Talalay latex. One of Ken’s first objectives will be to find and recruit more sales talent. Along with his passion for branding, creating superior product, sales-organization leadership and marketing, he brings great insights to our senior management team.
“E.B. has been an important part of the Latex International team for over two years,” Fisher added. “The timing of his resignation expedited our plan to implement a redesigned, consolidated sales force under Ken. We are grateful to E.B. for his commitment and dedication to our company over the past few years and want to wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Prior to joining Latex International, Hinman was senior vice president at Jamison Bedding, a family-owned mattress manufacturer in Brentwood, Tennessee, that recently was acquired by Solstice Sleep Products. Prior to that, he held a number of senior sales and marketing posts with Hartmann Luggage, Elizabeth Arden and other luxury-goods businesses.
Hinman reports to Fisher.