EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Mark Messner became President and Chief Executive Officer of SUMR Brands in July, 2016, and brings strong leadership and marketing experience in the juvenile products space. Prior to joining SUMR Brands, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Artsana USA, Inc. (Chicco), a manufacturer of baby care products under the Chicco brand. In this role he oversaw finance, operations, marketing, e-commerce, product development and sales for the United States and Canada. Mark joined Artsana USA in 2003 as Vice President of Marketing & Product Development and served as its Chief Operating Officer for three years before taking over as CEO in 2012. He began his career with Graco Children’s Products in 1991.
Paul Francese joined SUMR Brands as Chief Financial Officer in January, 2019. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Rain Carbon Inc., a global chemical company, which he joined in 2015. From 2012 until 2014, Paul served as Summer Infant’s CFO and, prior to that, spent eight years as the Chief Financial Officer of OCI Enterprises. During the past 35 years, he has held positions at various levels of increasing responsibility at Cannondale Bicycle Corp., Pitney Bowes, FCI/Berg Electronics Group, Huffy Corporation, Litton Industries, United Technologies, and General Electric. He holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of New Haven.
Art Gehr joined SUMR Brands as Chief Product Officer in December, 2016. He brings more than 20 years of experience in juvenile product development and branding. Previously, he was General Manager at Nuna Baby Essentials, Inc., a premium brand and manufacturer of baby products including car seats, strollers, and baby seats. Prior to joining Nuna Baby, Mr. Gehr spent 16 years with Graco Children’s Products, where he served in roles of increasing responsibility, including Research and Development Project Designer, International Product Manager, Director of Strategic Partnerships, culminating in the positions of Director of Marketing - North America, Director of Marketing – Europe, and Business Manager – Pennsylvania.