NEW YORK-The Museum of Modern Art has appointed Emmanuel Plat director of merchandising of MoMA’s retail division.
Plat will play the lead role in shaping the merchandising strategy for the MoMA Design Store brand and developing products for distribution through MoMA’s retail and wholesale channels. In addition to overseeing seasoned buying teams across a range of categories, including personal, desk, and home accessories, children’s products, art reproductions, books, furniture, and lighting, Plat will work closely with museum curators to ensure close alignment with the Museum’s overall mission. He will report to Kathy Thornton-Bias, president of MoMA’s retail division.
Plat joins MoMA following a 19-year career in merchandising, marketing, and administration with the Conran Group. Hired in 1992 as a department manager for the first Conran Shop to open in Paris, Plat was later tapped to manage the launch of The Conran Shop which opened in Manhattan in 1999. Most recently, Plat was president of the New York business, supervised the group’s U.S. operations, and built its e-commerce business.