Gillette veteran brings 20+ years of retail and brand management experience
LEXINGTON, Ky., July 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX), the leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of viscoelastic and premium mattresses and pillows worldwide, today announced Rick Anderson, consumer sales and marketing veteran, has joined Tempur-Pedic as Executive Vice President and President, North America. Anderson joins Tempur-Pedic from Procter & Gamble after a long career with The Gillette Company, which became part of P&G in 2005.
In this newly created position, Anderson will report directly to Chief Executive Officer H. Thomas Bryant and be responsible for the strategic leadership and operating results of Tempur-Pedic's business in North America. Anderson's responsibilities as President, North America will include consumer marketing, sales, and Tempur-Pedic Medical, Inc.
"As Tempur-Pedic continues to drive market growth through product innovation and advanced bedding technologies, it is extremely valuable to have someone with Rick's consumer product experience join the Tempur-Pedic management team," said Bryant. "Rick has an outstanding track record in the consumer products market with a breadth of marketing and sales experience, a proven record of brand building results, and an outstanding commitment to organizational excellence. We believe he will have an immediate, positive influence on our North American operations."
Anderson brings to Tempur-Pedic more than 23 years of international and domestic management, marketing and sales experience. At Gillette, Anderson played a critical role, most recently as vice president of marketing for Oral- B and Braun in North America. Previously, Anderson was vice president of global business management for Duracell, overseeing consumer marketing, branding, product development and strategic planning worldwide.
"Tempur-Pedic is a brand I have long admired for its product innovation, customer loyalty and market development," Anderson said. "Tempur-Pedic has outstanding products and technology, increasing brand awareness, and an industry-leading sales and marketing organization. I see strong prospects to build on the company's momentum and enthusiastically look forward to being a part of Tempur-Pedic's future."
Anderson holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech.
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About the Company
Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX) manufacturers and distributes Swedish Mattresses and Neck Pillows™ made from its TEMPUR® pressure- relieving material: a proprietary material that conforms to the body to provide support and help alleviate pressure points. Products are currently sold in over 70 countries under the TEMPUR® and Tempur-Pedic® brand names. World headquarters for Tempur-Pedic International is in Lexington, KY. For more information, visit http://www.tempurpedic.com or call 800-805-3635.
Tempur-Pedic®, TEMPUR®, and Swedish Sleep Systems® are registered trademarks of Tempur-Pedic International in the U.S. and in other countries. Other brand names, products and trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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