Kate Maselis, 44, senior vice president and general manager of Hansgrohe - North America, died Oct. 23 following a relatively short but serious illness. She joined the company in December 2002 as vice president of sales and marketing for Hansgrohe AG's North American subsidiary, reporting to then-president Chris Marshall. When Marshall left the company in June 2005, Maselis succeeded him on an interim basis. She was promoted to her most recent position at that time. Prior to joining Hansgrohe, Maselis spent 10 years with carpet manufacturer Beaulieu of America, where she rose through the ranks to become vice president of marketing. “Kate was an absolutely essential part of the spirit and success of our company in North America,” says newly appointed senior vice president Craig Helenbrook. “Just as importantly, she was much beloved by her co-workers in Alpharetta (Ga.) - someone whom each of us could count on for friendship, leadership and support. Kate will be deeply missed, both personally and professionally, by all of us who knew and worked with her.” She is survived by her husband, Bernard Maselis, and two young children.