MIDDLETON, Wis.-Spectrum Brands, the parent of the Remington personal-care line and Russell Hobbs small appliances, has elected Andreas Rouvé chief operating officer, a new position for the company.
Rouvé also remains president of the company’s international segment, and continues to report to Dave Lumley, president and CEO. Lumley said Rouvé will also take on an active role in working with Spectrum’s newly formed corporate operations group, which facilitates cross-divisional projects in areas such as information technology, distribution and transportation, shared services and continuous improvement. Over the course of this year, Rouvé will gradually assume direct, day-to-day operating responsibility for all of Spectrum’s businesses, Lumley said.
“Our company’s increasing size, complexity and global reach are creating more opportunities for sales growth and efficiency improvements,” Lumley said. “Broadening the role of president, international to COO will facilitate even closer, day-to-day cooperation and collaboration among our divisions to capitalize on these opportunities.”
Rouvé joined Spectrum in 2002 after a 13-year career with Varta AG, a battery manufacturer, as chief financial officer of the European battery division. He was named senior vice president and managing director of the European battery division and personal care business in 2007, and was promoted to president, international in January 2013.