Kingsdown appoints Home Furnishings Vet Global COO


Furniture World News Bureau on 08/22/2022

Luxury bedding manufacturer, Kingsdown, Inc., has named Gene Pierce, a well-respected executive in the home furnishings industry, its chief operating officer.

Pierce is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, providing strategic advice and overseeing day-to-day administrative and operational functions. He reports to Kingsdown Chairman and CEO Frank Hood.

Most recently, Pierce worked for United Furniture Industries in Tupelo, Mississippi, one of the largest furniture producers in the United States and the parent company of Lane Home Furnishings. For seven years, he held various management positions, including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Manufacturing. While at United Furniture, Pierce managed a network of 15 facilities that spanned over 9 million square feet of production and distribution space.

He began his professional career in the automotive industry, moving into sporting goods, industrial lighting and eventually furniture manufacturing in 2009. Pierce spent six years at well-known high-end manufacturing companies, Philips Lighting and Furniture Brands International.

“Everyone in our industry can appreciate the value that a seasoned COO brings to an organization. The supply chain to workforce challenges have never been greater, but we are fortunate to have someone like Gene on our team to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our organization,” Hood said.

Pierce said the fact that Kingsdown is one of the most iconic and established brands in the furniture industry, with a growing global reach, made the position very attractive to him.

“I have had the privilege of working for some of the biggest brands in the furniture industry during my career and I am honored to join Kingsdown with its rich heritage of producing high quality products,” he said. he declares. “The Kingsdown team has so much talent and energy which translates into great results for our clients. This is an exciting time for our industry and The Kingsdown Group.

Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and a master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University. He recently moved from Mississippi to Mebane, North Carolina where he will reside with his wife, Susan.

About Kingsdown, Inc.

Kingsdown, Inc., founded in 1904 and headquartered in Mebane, NC, is a premium mattress system manufacturer serving major retailers in the United States, Canada and more than 20 countries. Every Kingsdown product is made using artisanal techniques, combined with state-of-the-art research, materials and equipment.

Research and development, manufacturing and distribution facilities are based in Mebane, North Carolina, with international offices located in England, Hong Kong and Japan. Canadian manufacturing and distribution are based in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Additional manufacturing facilities are located in California, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Australia, Brazil, China, England, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan and Vietnam. In 2018, The Kingsdown Group was formed through the acquisition of Zedbed International, a leading manufacturer of foam mattresses, and the merger of Owen & Company with Kingsdown, Inc. to form one of the sleep technology groups in fastest growing in North America. For more information visit


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