Katrina Helmkamp, CEO of Lenox, has resigned from the tabletop company to become CEO of a real estate company.
Brian Gowen, who has served as chief operating officer at Lenox since September 2016, will serve as interim CEO as Lenox searches for Helmkamp’s successor, a Lenox spokesperson said. The company declined further comment.
As chief operating officer, Gowen was responsible for direct marketing, global sourcing, inventory planning, IT and finance, according to his LinkedIn profile. “Looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve Lenox customers,” his profile summary said.
Helmkamp joined Lenox in December 2016 as a successor to Peter Cameron in a move characterized by its private investment firm owner Clarion Capital Partners as a management succession plan.
Helmkamp will lead Cartus Corporation, the relocation services subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., a residential real estate services company.
“Katrina Helmkamp is an experienced CEO who has built her career leading companies through transformations,” said Ryan Schneider, Realogy CEO and president. “She has led global teams, knows how to build and launch new products, and understands the evolving technology and data landscape. Katrina has a strong business background with substantial expertise developing strategies, driving growth, and recruiting and developing great talent.”