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R. Jack Richardson Named President of American Drew/Lea/Hammary.

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La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced that R. Jack Richardson, Jr. (53) was named President of American Drew/ Lea/ Hammary.  The companies, which operate within La-Z-Boy’s casegoods group, are expected to be fully consolidated by April 24, 2010, La-Z-Boy’s fiscal year end.   Richardson is currently President, American Drew and Lea Industries and has served in that capacity since 2001.
John Labarowski, President of Hammary Furniture, will retire at the end of April.  Steven M.  Kincaid, President of La-Z-Boy’s casegoods segment, said, “We thank John for his many years of dedication and service to Hammary Furniture.  He made a significant contribution to the company and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Moving over from Hammary will be Randy Huff, who will become Vice President Merchandising, and Bob Armfield, who will become Regional Vice President Sales.  All other senior positions will be held by current American Drew/Lea staff. 

Kincaid added, “We have assembled an excellent team of people within the combined company and we look forward to the opportunity to bring a more complete casegoods product line up to our dealer base while providing excellent service. Under Jack’s leadership, we are confident this new organization will allow us to strengthen our sales, marketing and merchandising team under one umbrella.”

The Hammary Showroom located in the IHFC Building, in High Point, NC, has moved from the third to the ninth floor adjacent to American Drew/Lea.

Background Information: La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery Group companies are Bauhaus, England and La-Z-Boy. The La-Z-Boy Casegoods Group companies are American Drew/Lea, Hammary and Kincaid.
The corporation’s proprietary distribution network is dedicated exclusively to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 308 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 502 independent Comfort Studios®, in addition to in-store gallery programs at the company’s Kincaid, England and Lea operating units. Additional information is available at
http://www.la-z-boy.com/.

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