• Cecile Corral

Couristan names Riley new president

Rug veteran joins family-owned company

Mike RileyMike Riley
Couristan is looking to industry veteran Mike Riley to take it into the future.

The 90-year-old, family-owned-and-operated company based in Fort Lee, N.J. has appointed Mike Riley as its new president, overseeing the residential and hospitality sales teams.

He is also charged with adapting and growing Couristan’s business amid the evolving retail landscape, both in stores and online.

“In order to accelerate the transformation of Couristan to respond to the changes in the marketplace for the coming decades, Mike is the perfect fit to join my brother Ron and me in leading those efforts,” said George Couri, chairman.

Riley was most recently with Oriental Weavers of America, where he climbed the ranks from 1995 when he joined the company to 2003 when he became president. Most recently, he served as CEO of OW’s hospitality division – a post he held for the past seven years.

Added CEO Ron Couri: “Mike is someone we have known for many years and will be a great addition to lead our company’s growth.”

In related news, Steve Codella now heads sales of the broadloom and roll runner divisions, and Mark Ferullo is in charge of area rug sales. Niall Coree will continue to oversee the sales and operations of the contract/hospitality division. All report to Riley.

“I made the decision to join Couristan based on an alignment of visions with George and Ron as to the future of the industry as well as their decision and commitment to respond to the rapidly changing distribution landscape,” Riley said. “It is essential for companies to be nimble in this rapidly changing climate. Together with the talented Couristan team and the full support of the ownership, I am committed to achieving dramatic growth for Couristan in the US markets.”

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home & Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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