GREENSBORO, N.C. — After spending the last 14 years working in various positions with Markor International Home Furnishings, industry veteran Jeff Young has stepped down from his most recent leadership role as president and CEO of Jonathan Charles Designs, effective Dec. 31, 2022.
Young joined Markor in 2009 as president and CEO of Schnadig International, which was acquired by Markor the same year. He was the driving force behind Markor’s effort to transform Schnadig into a distinctive Caracole brand.
Young subsequently served as Markor’s chief branding officer and led Markor’s other U.S. home furnishings divisions. He was president and CEO of A.R.T Home Furnishings from 2019 to 2021, and led Jonathan Charles Designs as president and CEO from 2021 to the end of 2022.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my many stops along the Markor furniture highway these past 14 years,” said Young. “It seems like just yesterday that Chairman Richard Feng and I met in a Los Angeles hotel meeting room in 2009, where together we charted a most innovative and new course for Markor.”
“Jeff is an extraordinary product talent and an effective leader,” said Mark Feng, chairman of Markor International Home Furnishings and CEO of Markor International. “His contribution to solidifying our product design and industry position is most consequential. We are deeply grateful for his service, dedication and loyalty. We wish Jeff the best of time with his family and friends.”
Young’s tenure with Markor caps a 50-year career in the home furnishings industry. In 1972, he Young joined family-owned businesses, Dixie Furniture, Link Taylor, Young Hinkle and Henry Link. Following the sale of these companies in 1987 to Masco Corp., Young served as president and CEO of the newly named Lexington Furniture Inds. from 1990 to 1999.
He subsequently served as president and CEO of Fine Furniture, Drexel Heritage and HDM, divisions of Furniture Brands International.