Robert Edmund Reichenbach, Lifetime Brands Executive Vice President, has passed away at the age of 65 on December 10th, according to Home Furnishings News.
“Bob was both a friend and a most valuable associate who inspired all of us,” said Jeff Siegel, chairman and CEO of Lifetime Brands. “He was a truly dedicated executive, who from the day he was diagnosed with cancer, did everything he could to ensure that his division would continue to prosper without him. When I visited him last week, all he wanted to talk about was what I should do to follow his succession plan. I will truly miss him.”
Robert first joined Lifetime Brands in 2001 as president of the cutlery, cutting boards and bakeware division, and was promoted to executive vice president of the company in 2002. He was instrumental in helping launch and grow Sabatier, KitchenAid, and Guy Fieri.
“In the last few months while Bob was fighting his illness he set an example of courage, humility, and true professionalism for everyone at Lifetime Brands,” said Mary Regan, senior vice president/chief marketing officer of the company’s cookware and bakeware division. “Bob will be remembered as a special person, a true professional who loved innovation, developing products, and mentoring and training the next generation to carry on his passion for the houseware industry. He created ‘Lifetime University,’ an internship program that trained many existing Lifetime Brands employees, as well as industry employees. This will be a living legacy to his commitment to the retail community.”
He is survived by his wife Virginia, daughters Noelle and Nicole, stepsons Victor and Jay, and three sisters, Grace, Ann, and Cathy.
Memorial Visitation was held on Friday December 13, 2013 at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes 824 Scarsdale Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583 from 5 – 9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 11 AM at St. Pius X Church 91 Secor Road Scarsdale, NY.
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