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John Stasiw named president of bedding maker Simmons Canada PDF Print E-mail
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (11 July 2012) - John Stasiw has been named president of Simmons Canada by its Atlanta-based parent company, Simmons Bedding Company. He succeeds Paul Bognar who left the bedding major this past December to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of restaurant operator SIR Corp.

In his new role, Stasiw is responsible for developing and implementing the company's business plan across all functional areas within the Canadian organization and will report to Tony Smith, president of Simmons U.S.

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"Canada is an important region for us, and we are very pleased to have someone as experienced and visionary as John join the team," Smith said in a statement. "We have already experienced tremendous growth this year over 2011 in Canada and have high expectations for continued success. In addition to his operational role, John will oversee the rollout of our Recharge marketing campaign, which is all about Living Life Fully Charged with Beautyrest. I look forward to John's many contributions as a member of the Simmons team."

Stasiw joins Simmons from ACCO Brands, one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office products, where he held a number of senior leadership positions from vice president of sales and marketing to president of various ACCO units. Most recently, Stasiw served as senior vice president and general manager of the company's global print finishing business.

Before ACCO, Stasiw was president and chief executive officer of ACE Products, a manufacturer of tires for lawn and garden and agricultural industries, and held several senior leadership roles at office furniture leader Steelcase. Stasiw began his executive career at Philips Lighting Company, where he directed business groups and was promoted to vice president and general manager.

A Canadian, Stasiw said he's happy to relocate from Chicago to Toronto for the opportunity to work with Simmons Canada. "I am thrilled to join the Simmons family. I have watched the bedding industry for many years and was attracted to Simmons for several reasons, including its strong marketplace position, impressive consumer awareness and brand legacy, strong retailer relationships and superb product quality."

Simmons operates manufacturing facilities in Kirkland, Quebec; Calgary and Vancouver and employs 350 associates across the country and maintains a web site at

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Some 145 people from across the industry took part in Cantrex Nationwide’s annual charity golf classic recently. This year, some $10,000 was raised to benefit the ‘Take the Kids to Camp’ initiative of the Salvation Army. Here, Lt. Col. Sandra Rice (left), commander of the Ontario Central East division is accepting a cheque from CNW chief operating officer Jeannine Ghaleb and Jim Mahoney, vice president of photography and consumer electronics.



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