Furniture Brands International Names Jon D. Botsford as
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 11, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Furniture Brands
International (NYSE:FBN) announced today that Jon Botsford has been
named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr.
Botsford joins the company from Steelcase Inc., where he had a 21-year
career and served most recently as Senior Vice President, Secretary and
Chief Legal Officer.
"Jon brings a wealth of critical experience as Furniture Brands
continues its transformation to an operating company," said Ralph P.
Scozzafava, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Because he is
well versed in the challenges and opportunities of today's furnishings
industry, Jon will make immediate contributions to our strategic plan
of building our brand power, winning with customers, delivering
operational excellence, and developing our people."
Chairman W.G. (Mickey) Holliman added, "Jon's arrival also marks the
planned retirement of Lynn Chipperfield after 25 years of service. For
more than a decade, I had the privilege to serve as Furniture Brands'
Chief Executive Officer, and throughout that time I relied heavily on
Lynn's legal expertise and sound business counsel. He successfully
guided the company through numerous challenges, and we're a stronger
company today thanks to the decisions he helped make. True to his
character, he has graciously agreed to provide a transition period for
Jon. We thank Lynn for his contributions and wish him well."
Mr. Botsford earned a BA with honors from Michigan State University and
holds a JD from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he
served on the Board of Editors of the UCLA Law Review.
About Furniture Brands
Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN) is one of the nation's
leading designers, manufacturers, and retailers of home furnishings.
With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, it markets through a
wide range of retail channels, from mass merchant stores to
single-brand and independent dealers to specialized interior designers.
Furniture Brands serves its customers through some of the best known
and most respected brands in the furniture industry, including
Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Pearson,
Hickory Chair, Laneventure, and Maitland-Smith.
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