HIGH POINT – Matt Harrison has been named president of Kuka North America, the U.S. marketing arm of Chinese upholstery major Kuka Home.
He replaces Steve Lush, who has left the company. The announcement was made in a letter to customers from Kuka General Manager Berton Chen.
Harrison was vice president of sales for Kuka’s former K-Motion division. He was promoted to executive vice president last year when the parent company merged its stationary and motion business in United States, Canada and Mexico last year under the Kuka North America unit.
Before joining Kuka in 2016, Harrison worked almost 10 years with Manwah, representing the motion major in the Mid-South and Midwest.
“Matt is a 30-year veteran in the furniture industry and has led us to triple our motion business over the past three years,” Chen said in the letter. “I believe he is the right person to steer us towards our future goals.”
Chen added that Lush performed well, and “we wish him well in his future career.”
Lush came to Kuka in 2018 from Hooker Furniture, where he was president of case goods. He spent much of his career in high-end retail, including serving five years as executive vice president of Hendricks Furniture Group, and then five and a half years as president of Robb & Stucky Furniture & Interiors.
I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.