News Notes: Maria Thomas Leaves Etsy; Tim Holtz Joins Sizzix

Etsy Gets New CEO

Etsy has announced via their blog that CEO Maria Thomas, who was the keynote speaker at CHA-Winter 2009, is leaving the company. She will be replaced as CEO by company founder Rob Kalin, who was the company’s CEO before Thomas took over in mid-2008 after serving as COO for several months. Before that, Thomas was at NPR.

The announcement of the change in executives took pains to stress that the company is now a profitable one. There was also mention of Etsy’s plans to launch a German site in January.

Palin founded Etsy in 2005. He had adopted the title of CCO (“Chief Creative Officer”) during Thomas’s tenure as CEO and has been working on the company’s charitable foundation as well.

Tim Holtz Teams With Sizzix

Perennial scrapping and stamping favorite Tim Holtz announced today via his blog that he will be designing a new product line for Sizzix called Tim Holtz Alterations. Holtz describes the line as “my own signature line of dies, texture/embossing folders, and yes, a new machine.” The line will debut at CHA-Winter 2010, with peeks revealed in the coming days on Holtz’s blog.

Tim Holtz Alterations Logo

Scrapbook Update’s first thoughts on the idea of a new Tim Holtz die cutting line: Die cutters are typically marketed with a very “cute” or graphic type of style. The Tim Holtz signature style is very vintage in design. This could help Sizzix (and retailers who sell their products) appeal to a new category of scrapbookers for die cut equipment with this product line.

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