Ruehlmann Appointed to Head Product Development with Simmons

       

       

ATLANTA—Simmons has named Jim Ruehlmann to the newly created position of executive vice president of product development.

Ruehlmann is responsible for developing and executing the mattress manufacturer’s new-product creation and innovation strategies. He reports directly to Gary Fazio, chief executive officer.

Prior to joining Simmons, Ruehlmann served in product-development roles for various companies, including Sealy, where he was vice president of marketing in charge of new product development, advertising, pricing and licensing. He has also worked in product-development, marketing and merchandising posts for Procter & Gamble, Chiquita Brands International, Evenflo, Sara Lee Foods, Mattress Firm and Cincinnati Bell.