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Delgatti to succeed Cole at Hooker

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Hooker Furniture President Alan Cole will retire at the close of the company's fiscal year, which ends Feb. 2. He will be succeeded by Michael Delgatti, president of Hooker Upholstery and executive vice president of sales.
     Cole joined the company in 2007 as executive vice president of upholstery operations, which include the Sam Moore and Bradington-Young divisions. He was later promoted to president of Hooker Upholstery and became president of the company in the summer of 2011.
     Delgatti joined the company in 2009 as vice president of Hooker Upholstery and was named president of Hooker Upholstery in 201
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     In a statement, company Chairman and CEO Paul Toms Jr. said, "We greatly appreciate Alan's profound contributions to Hooker Furniture, Bradington- Young and Sam Moore. The strategic vision and team-building he has brought to our organization, as well as the two new businesses he conceived and launched, will make this a stronger company for many years to come.
     "At the same time, we are very confident in Mike.... Mike is extremely capable, has had an extraordinarily positive impact on our upholstery companies, and has also made significant contributions during the last year as he assumed responsibility for sales in all divisions," Toms added.
     In his new role, Delgatti will focus on domestic and international sales, merchandising and marketing and upholstery operations.
     Toms will focus on case goods operations, supply chain and logistics, corporate services, investor and board relations and the new Homeware and H Contract businesses.

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