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01/21/2013

Leadership Shakeup at Bentley Prince Street

Anthony Minite resigns, industry vet Ralph Grogan named president and CEO in space of a week.

 
Ralph Grogan, who most recently served as VP of business development and strategy for Antron.

Ralph Grogan, who most recently served as VP of business development and strategy for Antron.

It’s been a busy start to the year for Los Angeles-based carpet manufacturer Bentley Prince Street (BPS). On Wednesday, January 9, less than six months after then-President Anthony Minite helped lead the buyback of BPS from Interface by private investment group Dominus Capital, the company announced his resignation as CEO, effective immediately.

The same announcement indicated that the company’s Board of Directors had appointed board member Mac Bridger to assume the role of interim CEO, “while the company completes a thorough search for a permanent replacement.”

SEE: A day in the life of Anthony Minite, and two other leading execs.

That search ended less than a week later with the announcement that Ralph Grogan had been appointed to the position of president and CEO. Grogan, who most recently served as vice president of business development and strategy for Antron, also spent time as chief operating officer of Tandus Flooring, where he led the integration of Tandus’ three product brands: C&A Floorcoverings, Crossley Carpet Mills and Monterey Carpets.

Officials with BPS declined to provide a reason for Minite’s abrupt departure, but cited Grogan’s experience with global and domestic sales, marketing and distribution for Tandus Flooring and his ability to establish relationships with major flooring contractors as key factors in the hire.

“Bentley Prince Street is widely recognized for its innovative designs, commitment to product quality and sustainability as well as excellence in customer service,” said Grogan. “I am truly honored and excited about this opportunity to lead Bentley Prince Street, and I look forward to building upon this legacy for years to come.”

“Bentley’s leadership in broadloom innovation will continue,” Grogan added. “However, we will greatly expand our carpet tile offerings and make them more attractive for traditional end markets that are essential to driving growth for the company.”

 

 
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