Industry leader in design and innovation recruits a new CEO to redevelop its family owned company

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dacor®, a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of luxury kitchen appliances, announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected board member Charles J. Huebner as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer. Huebner will succeed Mike Joseph, the company's current Chairman and CEO effective immediately, and will be responsible to the Board for all aspects of Dacor's operations and results.

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Since 1965, California based Dacor has been led by a member of the Joseph family. Today, by recommendation of the Joseph family, Huebner will work with the company's current President and grandson of the founder, Stephen Joseph.

Under Mike Joseph's 38 years of leadership the business grew from a small company into a significant presence in the kitchen appliance industry. The development of high quality, innovative products has always been a primary focus for the company. Dacor is proud of its many "firsts", including the first 30" Pure Convection, Self-Cleaning Built-In Wall Oven which is now the industry standard. For the noteworthy impact Mike had on the industry, he was inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Association Hall of Fame in 2004. Now Mike will manage his legacy from his seat as Chairman of the Board leaving the direction of the company to Huebner and his son Stephen.

"I am very proud of the terrific company that has been built over the past 40 years," Mike shared. "I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of the Dacor team, whose dedication and unique talents have delivered generations of products that consumers delight in using every day. We feel fortunate to have Chuck Huebner join our team, and we are confident that he will continue to lead Dacor to a bright future while adhering to the Value Statement that we hold so dear."

Huebner has a proven business record beginning his career in sales and brand management at Procter & Gamble and later in business development for The Coca-Cola Company. He applied this experience to successful roles as President and CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a unit of Hasbro, and later as Head of Worldwide Studios at Activision, the largest maker of electronic game software. He most recently led US Operations for Westfield LLC, the world's largest Real Estate Investment Trust. Huebner holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor's degree from Hamilton College.

"I am honored to have been elected as CEO of Dacor," Chuck said. "I look forward to working with Dacor's management team and the Joseph family, and leveraging their passion to bring great kitchen solutions the consumer."

By embracing the core family values of a fifty year old family owned company, Huebner will focus primarily on repositioning the company strategically into the luxury appliance market by strengthening overall brand awareness and increasing market share through innovative product and market development.

About Dacor: Founded in 1965, the California based DACOR, is a family owned and operated US manufacturer of luxury kitchen appliances.  Dedicated to quality, craftsmanship and innovation, DACOR has integrated fashion, function and technology to create unique kitchen products that are built to reflect the lifestyle and needs of the homeowner.

For almost 50 years, Dacor has been responsible for many of the innovations that have changed the way we live and cook in the modern kitchen.  Today, Dacor continues to build on this legacy of innovation with the introduction of the IQ Series of Ovens which are the first to leverage an Android operating system and remote functionality.

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Media Contact:

Joseph Renteria, Dacor, 8007930093 ext 3161, jrenteria@dacor.com

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