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UPDATE: HomeStores division leader John Disa leaves Ashley

ARCADIA, Wis. — John Disa, who has led Ashley's Ashley Furniture HomeStores division for nearly five years, has left to "pursue personal interests," the company said in an internal memo.

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Disa joined Ashley Furniture Inds. in January 2009 as president of Global Retail and is credited by the company with "invigorating the Ashley Furniture HomeStore brand. During his tenure, retail sales increased and many new stores were opened," the company said in the memo.

Ashley's U.S. network of HomeStores has been No. 1 on Furniture/Today's Top 100 for seven consecutive years. In 2012, the 462 licensed and company-owned U.S. HomeStores alone did an estimated $2.94 billion in furniture, bedding and accessories sales, according to the report.

Ashley Chairman Ron Wanek confirmed Disa left Monday. He noted the company is conducting a search now for a new HomeStores leader and expects "to fill the position very, very soon."

In the memo, Disa said leaving the company "after driving five years of success is very difficult for me. I have accomplished what I set out to do, which was to grow the Ashley Furniture HomeStore brand and maintain the position as the number one name in furniture and position the organization for continued growth."

Disa said he is grateful for the opportunity to work with "such an extraordinary retail team and owners, Todd and Ron Wanek."

In the memo, Ashley President and CEO Todd Wanek called Disa's contribution to the company "significant" and said, "Our retail business is healthy and continues to grow thanks to John's leadership and the team he developed."

"Although we consider John's departure a great loss to the organization, we will act swiftly to secure his replacement," Todd Wanek said.

Before joining Ashley and the HomeStores, Disa was a management consultant, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he was president and CEO of the former Wheeling, Ill.-based retailer Wickes Furniture.

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