Executive is also an equity partner and board member at the manufacturer of iron beds and other furniture
RICHMOND, Va. — Industry veteran Doug Rozenboom has been named chief executive officer at custom iron and brass furniture manufacturer Worthen Furniture, the company that was formerly known as Brass Beds of Virginia since its inception in 1975.
In accepting this position, Rozenboom also is an equity partner in the business, which was renamed Worthen Furniture in February 2023.
He fills a role previously held by Lud Kimbrough, who was interim CEO, leading the company through its rebranding effort. This rebranding represented the company’s broader focus on the furniture segment, alongside its move into a new manufacturing and office facility.
Worthen Furniture produces custom wrought iron and brass beds at its manufacturing facility in Richmond. Designers are a core part of its business, but it also serves the hospitality industry.
In addition to its line of beds, which also include some models with upholstered headboards and footboards, it sells a line of mattresses that are built to accompany the bed frames.
Rozenboom most recently was president at sister companies A.R.T. Furniture and Jonathan Charles. He was president of A.R.T. for the past three years and was president of Jonathan Charles for the past 14 months.
He joined A.R.T. in March 2018 as senior vice president, merchandising and marketing, a role he held until January 2021.
For just over six years prior, he was senior vice president global merchandising and product development at decorative molding resource Larson-Juhl and for four years before that was vice president, creative and design for home and seasonal product at Walmart.
He also was previously director of design at Pottery Barn and director of design at Thomasville Furniture Industries.
Earlier in his career, he worked as a furniture designer at Otto & Moore and also was a manager of creative development at Pacific Marketing International.
In his new role, he reports to the company’s board of directors, which is chaired by majority owner John Corey. Rozenboom also serves as a member of the board.
Corey said that Rozenboom’s appointment will shape the future growth of the company in the years ahead.
“This is a significant milestone in the nearly 50-year-long history of our company,” Corey said. “Doug’s leadership and industry expertise will guide Worthen to new opportunities in strategic markets and product development.”
Rozenboom said he is excited to join the team at Worthen Furniture.
I’ve spent my industry career in furniture design, retail, strategy and sales but above all, I have a passion for creating product stories and solutions that matter to people,” he said. “The moment I met the Worthen team I knew we had the perfect combination of skills, heritage and ideas to do something truly special together.”
Worthen Furniture designs can be customized based on the client’s specifications and delivered in six to eight weeks from the time of order. Its custom options include materials such as iron, brass and aluminum castings and finishes ranging from polished brass to antique, hand-applied patinas and patterns. Fabric accents and leathers also are available.