Hunter Douglas North America, a manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in the US and Canada, promoted Ron Kass to president and COO effective Jan. 1, 2014. Kass will continue to report directly to Marv Hopkins, who is being promoted to chairman in addition to his ongoing role as CEO.
Kass, who first joined Hunter Douglas in 2005, currently serves as president of both the Hunter Douglas Design Products Group and the Independent Fabricator Group of companies and as EVP of marketing, where he guides and directs all brand marketing, advertising and communications for the company.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities as COO, Kass will work with Hopkins and his corporate staff, together with Hunter Douglas managers and their organizations, to identify opportunities, establish objectives and develop effective plans and strategies to achieve the near and longer term goals of the company.
Kass came to Hunter Douglas after serving as president and CEO of The Robert Allen Group, a US fabrics company in home furnishings, where he led the organization to the top of its industry in customer service and financial performance. Prior to Robert Allen, he worked for 13 years at Knoll, a leader in office and residential furnishings, and held key management positions, including VP of product management, SVP of marketing and president of Knoll Europe.
Kass graduated from Brown University in 1978 with a degree in Economics and subsequently earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980. He and his wife, Terry, together with their son, Benno, live in New York City.
Meanwhile, Hopkins began his career with Hunter Douglas in 1986 as president of the new Window Fashions Division in Broomfield, Colo. Hopkins and his wife, Collette, live in New York City. They have four children and nine grandchildren.
Hunter Douglas, headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y., is a manufacturer and marketer of custom window coverings in North America and a manufacturer of architectural products with approximately 7,000 employees and 40 divisions.