French named market research director

Supports several RBI home furnishings publications

Reed Business Information has named Dana French as director of market research, replacing Kay Anderson, who left the company after 29 years.

In her nine years with RBI, French has served as the department’s senior research specialist and has supported a number of its home furnishings publications including Casual Living, Furniture/Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today, Home Textiles Today, Kids Today and Playthings.

Specifically, French had oversight for all of the industry rankings published by each of those titles and was also the lead research specialist for the various consumer surveys reported by those titles, including proprietary consumer research her department conducted in conjunction with Home and Garden Television.

In her new role, she will also oversee the efforts of research specialists Judi Fulbright, Daphne Garland-McLean and database coordinator, Cynthia Myers.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday
trussell@furnituretoday.com

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.