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MMPI introduces reorganized leadership team

Myron Maurer leading senior management team

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) introduced a restructured leadership team for its Home Furnishings, Casual Furnishings and Luxe Home industries following the announcement of 26-year executive vice president John Brennen's departure.

MMPI has reorganized its senior management team under the direction of Chief Operating Officer Myron Maurer, a 27-year MMPI veteran who assumed leadership of the organization one year ago. The team brings more than 100 years of continuity and experience and "a renewed commitment to excellence in these industries," according to a press release.

"Our commitment to the Home Furnishings, Casual Furnishings, and Luxe Home industries, as well as the other industries that the Mart serves, remains strong under the experienced and talented leadership team consisting of Katherine Flaherty, Julia Chappell, Byron Morton, Madeleine Tullier, and Susan McCullough," Maurer said. "Our goal is to create an organizational structure that optimizes synergies between industry groups, better serves our customers and clients, and aligns our efforts and individual strengths."

Katherine Flaherty, VP of building products and special projects, who is responsible for the Architects & Designers Building in New York and launching Luxe Home, the kitchen and bath retail concept in Chicago, will now oversee residential home furnishings leasing at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Flaherty has more than 30 years of industry experience and has been a part of the MMPI leadership team for more than 20 years. Julia Chappell will continue to lead the Mart's residential home furnishings marketing efforts.

Byron Morton, a 10-year MMPI veteran, will continue as VP of leasing, managing the Casual Market and NeoCon leasing efforts at the Mart. Madeleine Tullier, director of sales for the casual shows for the past seven years, will continue to head those sales efforts.

Susan McCullough, senior vice president who has been with MMPI for more than 25 years and oversees MMPI's Trade Show division, will now oversee the International Casual Furnishings and Accessories Market and Pre-Market. Tullier will also serve as a member of McCullough's tradeshow team.

"During the past two years, the Home Furnishings and Casual showrooms have been consolidated on four floors representing over 700,000 square feet of space, creating a strong and vibrant showcase for these industries who are now well-positioned going forward," Maurer said. "Over 100 showrooms have significantly improved their presentations during the last year. We have continued to invest significant capital resources into the Mart to serve the changing needs of permanent showrooms, tradeshows, and office tenants."

During the past two years, MMPI reorganized the Mart's design center, casual furnishings and gift permanent showrooms; added a new Design Center Resource Lounge on the 14th floor; and improved cell phone coverage throughout the building.

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