Management changes at Newell Rubbermaid

Storage and housewares manufacturer Newell Rubbermaid has announced key senior management changes with the goal of “speeding the company’s transformation into a marketer of consumer-driven brands.”

James Roberts has been appointed executive group president-office products and cleaning, organization and decor. Roberts has been responsible for Newell Rubbermaid's tools and hardware and cleaning; and organization and decor segments since 2003. He will retain responsibility for cleaning, organization and decor, while assuming the additional responsibility for office products.

William Burke III will succeed Roberts as group president-tools and hardware. He also will retain responsibility for the company's Lenox Industrial Products and Services business in North America until a successor is named at a later date.

Steven Marton has been named president-special assignments, after heading up the company's office products segment since 2004.

The management changes are in addition to the recently announced appointment of Jay Gould as group president-home and family. All four executives will report directly to Newell Rubbermaid president and CEO Mark Ketchum.

"These business segment leaders have proven their ability to grow revenue and profit in challenging categories, while building brands, partnering with customers and suppliers and building organizational capability," Ketchum said.