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Pat Watson Appointed Director Of Product Development At Broyhill

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Pat Watson has been appointed director of product development for Broyhill Furniture Industries, Inc., where he will report to Jimmy Martin, Broyhill senior vice president of supply chain. In this new position, Watson will be responsible for directing and managing both domestic and Asian new product development teams. He has also been charged with refining the product development process to ensure the right products are delivered on time and with ensuring the effective and on-time execution of Broyhill’s merchandising concepts and ideas. “We are very fortunate to bring someone with Pat’s vast knowledge and experience to Broyhill,” Martin says. ”His in-depth understanding of the global sourcing marketplace and his proven track record of using technology to create and maintain efficiencies will help Broyhill achieve its goals of on-time, on-quality and on-cost.” Watson joins Broyhill from Magnussen Home Furnishings, Inc., where he held a variety of positions including merchandising manager for all product categories, director of international supply, supply manager, director of product development and domestic quality assurance, product development manager and product development coordinator. Before joining Magnussen Home, Watson was an IT systems analyst with Furniture Today, a sales representative with Inacom Information Systems, and a sales manager and sales representative for Taracorp. Watson is a graduate of Western Carolina University where he received a bachelor’s of science degree in management and marketing. Married with three children, Watson lives in Summerfield, N.C. where he is active in church and community affairs. He will relocate to Lenoir. Broyhill Furniture’s extensive home furnishing offerings include furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, family rooms, home entertainment areas, and home office. Broyhill is headquartered in Lenoir, North Carolina and is part of Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN), also the parent company of Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Maitland-Smith, Lane, and Thomasville.

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