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FBI shifts Drexel to Designer Brands unit

ST. LOUIS - Furniture Brands International has moved Drexel Heritage into to its Designer Brands unit to better align it with other core brands geared to designers and upper end retail channels, the company said.
     As part of the move, Furniture Brands named Dan Bradley president of Drexel Heritage. He continues to head the Designer Brands unit, which also includes Hickory Chair, Henredon, Lane Venture, Pearson, Maitland-Smith and LaBarge.
     Ed Teplitz was previously president of Drexel Heritage and Thomasville Home Furnishings. He remains president of Thomasville, overseeing the manufacturing side of the business and the Thomasville store network.
     In his role as vice president of sales for Drexel Heritage, Chip Stewart previously was the top executive overseeing the brand, said Lisa Hanly, a spokeswoman for Furniture Brands. However, she said, Stewart left the company last year and was not replaced.
     "Moving Drexel Heritage is part of Furniture Brands' plan to move same-type businesses together to simplify structure, significantly reduce costs and increase sales opportunities," Hanly said.
     In addition to Drexel Heritage, Bradley is president of Henredon, Maitland-Smith and La Barge. Other Designer Brands company presidents are Jay Reardon at Hickory Chair, Gary Mc- Cray at Lane Venture and Mike Heath at Pearson.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.


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