CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – In a move designed to grow its new mattress division and maintain its focus on product circularity, Piana Technology has named bedding industry executive Silvia Galasso as vice president of operations.
In her new role, Galasso will be leading the operations and development strategies for the company’s newly created mattress division, as well as building a team and infrastructure to grow the business. A sustainable solutions component supplier of nonwovens for the bedding, furniture, automotive and medical industries, Piana operates two facilities in the U.S., in Georgia and in San Luiz, Ariz.
Prior to joining Piana, Galasso spent nearly 10 years with mattress supplier Magniflex USA in a variety of positions including sales operations manager and sales account manager. Most recently she was vice president of operations for the Italian company.
Galasso reports to Andrea Piana, CEO of Piana Technology.
“It is a great pleasure and honor to have Silvia on our team to lead our mattress division,” Piana said. “Her skills and professionalism, along with her personality and care, make her the perfect fit for our company. I trust her completely, and I have no doubt we will do great things together.”
Founded in 1582 in Biella, Italy, Piana started traditional textile dying in 1950 and opened its first U.S. factory here in 1995. Today, the company provides nonwovens, digital printing and fiber treatments with a focus on sustainable solutions in the home furnishings and mattress categories. Earlier this year, the company upgraded its Georgia facility with a solar panel system.
Galasso said the company has the structure and capabilities to serve as a platform for technological development and sustainable innovation for its customers.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the latest development in the successful business history of a four-centuries-old company,” Galasso said. “A new venture that is powered by the vision for a future of circularity that is free of the toxic materials and technologies of the present, fueled by revolutionary new technologies and innovations that allow for a truly unique positioning in the marketplace, and driven by a team of incredibly talented individuals with decades of experience in the bedding industry. I will be selecting our partners carefully to ensure alignment with the company’s vision of environmental stewardship and transparency while building long-lasting and meaningful relationships.”