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Franke Kitchen Systems North America Welcomes Two Leaders to its Team


November 25, 2016

Franke, the stainless steel kitchen sink manufacturer, is bolstering its Kitchen Systems North America leadership team with two new members, enhancing its capacity to expand its reach in the North American market in 2017 and beyond. Bryan Aown was recently named vice president product management and innovation and Amy Trump was named the company’s US controller.

“Bryan and Amy have extensive and proven track records of success in their respective backgrounds, and we look forward to benefiting from their expertise,” said Gary Langbo, president of Franke Kitchen Systems. “We are confident they will bring both insights and best practices to all aspects of our growing North American business, particularly our mission to provide consumers with the most innovative and exceptional sink and faucet systems on the market.”

In his position as vice president product management and innovation, Aown is responsible for leading Franke’s Kitchen Systems product development group responsible for the Franke, KWC and Kindred brands and translating insights into consumer solutions. Aown’s primary focus will be driving growth in Franke’s core business, in addition to expanding the brand’s innovative kitchen portfolio.

Aown has more than 20-years of experience identifying and translating consumer insights and market trends into opportunities that drive growth. Prior to joining Franke, Aown was with Whirlpool Corporation where he held several positions during the course of 20 years including: director of new business creation and director – innovation. Aown is a graduate of Central Michigan University and received an MBA from Indiana University South Bend.

As Franke’s US controller, Trump has financial oversight of all four subsidiaries within Franke’s Kitchen Systems division. Trump and her team will manage a range of responsibilities including monthly sales, general ledger reporting, monthly forecasting, annual budgets and manufacturing costs.

Trump has three years of experience in public accounting and more than 15 years of experience in private accounting. Most recently, she was finance controller at Weir Minerals North American Process Systems; prior to that, she was plant controller at Mountain City Meat Company. Trump has mastered many disciplines within the diverse field of private accounting, having also worked as an accountant and an analyst. She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.