Shelley Huff, chief operating officer of Serta Simmons Bedding LLC, has been named chief executive officer of the bedding major effective Dec. 1. She succeeds David Swift, who will retire from his post after serving as chair of the board of directors of Dawn Holdings Inc., SSB’s parent company, since 2013 and as chairman and CEO since 2019.
Huff also will join the board of directors of Dawn Holdings on Dec. 1.
“When I stepped into the CEO role 2 1/2 years ago, I had a clear objective — to set the foundation for the company’s transformation from a heritage mattress business into a digital-first, consumer-centric sleep company,” Swift said. “One key focus was on ensuring we had the right people in place to drive the business forward and, from day one, Shelley has been a critical addition to the team. Her outstanding track record and deep expertise in omnichannel retail, as well as her consumer-centric and team-first approach, are unmatched. She is uniquely qualified to lead Serta Simmons Bedding into the future.”
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead the Serta Simmons Bedding team into the next phase of our company’s transformation,” said Huff, who also has served as CEO of Tuft & Needle, the company’s direct-to-consumer mattress brand. “Dave has put in place the critical building blocks to set the company up for growth. With this foundation, in addition to our unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship and innovation, portfolio of power brands, top retail and supplier partners, and most importantly, incredible talent across the organization, we are well-positioned to become the trusted authority on sleep.”
In conjunction with Huff assuming the role of CEO, the company has appointed David Porter as nonexecutive chair of the board. Porter is a retail executive with more than 30 years of experience at companies including Walmart, DreamWorks Animation and Microsoft, where he currently serves as corporate vice president responsible for the company’s direct-to-consumer global retail business.
“It is an honor to join the Dawn Holdings board at this dynamic time in the industry, as consumers increasingly prioritize sleep and wellness,” Porter said. “I look forward to partnering with Shelley, her leadership team and the existing board as the addressable market grows and consumer expectations evolve in the sleep industry.”
Huff joined SSB in July 2020 as executive vice president of direct-to-consumer at SSB and CEO of Tuft & Needle and was promoted to COO in April 2021. She joined SSB from Hayneedle.com, a Walmart-owned online home furnishings business, where she served as president and CEO.
Prior to that, Huff held a variety of leadership roles within Walmart’s U.S. division and at Walmart eCommerce, including serving as the vice president of operations at Walmart eCommerce, general manager of home and apparel at Walmart.com and vice president of housewares at Walmart U.S.
Huff is chair of the University of Arizona Alumni Association Governing Board, where she is an adviser to the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.