MIAMI–Manny Gaunaurd is retiring from Imusa effective tomorrow, with former vice president Raul Corzo succeeding him. Gaunaurd said he will pursue consulting opportunities.
Gaunaurd and Corzo co-founded Imusa in the United States 20 years ago. Having previously overseen sales and distribution of brand products, Corzo will now also be responsible for leading product development and nurturing its retail partnerships.
“The company could not be in a better place,” Gaunaurd told HFN. “We’re in rock star mode. Raul has been with me since the beginning; he’s ready to step up and I’m ready to step back … I’m happy to see the brand grow and it’s only growing more.” Gaunaurd said his new consultancy will focus on Hispanic consumer products that do not compete with Imusa.
Corzo said in a release, “It’s an exciting time at Imusa now especially with development for phase two of the GlobalKitchen line underway, along with development of larger plans for expansion of the small appliance category in 2015.”