Coors Exec to Trade Mountains for Knoll

Lynn Utter.jpgBeer and furniture–it’s difficult to have a party in the absence of either. And so it’s not so improbable that Lynn M. Utter, chief strategy officer at Coors Brewing Company, will soon become president and chief operating officer of the North American division of Knoll, the storied modern design company founded in 1938. Surely Florence threw back a few cold ones in her day?

“I am pleased that we were able to find a leader of Lynn’s stature who understands the importance of product, the reliance on distributor/dealer partners, and the nuances of complex manufacturing operations,” said Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan in a statement issued by the company. Utter, who will report to Cogan, succeeds Kass Bradley, who is stepping down after 30 years with the company.knoll tote.jpg

Before joining Coors in 1997, Utter served as vice president of sales operations at Frito-Lay Company. She trades in her high-altitude instructions and down parka for a Tugendhat chair and a lifetime supply of distinctive, red-logoed totebags on March 3. No word yet on what brands of beer and chips will be served at her welcome party.