Gary McCray named Laneventure president
September 10, 2008,
Gary McCray has been named president of Laneventure, succeeding Arthur C. Thompson (above) who will retire in November, Furniture Brands International announced today. This comes as the company prepares for Monday’s opening of the annual International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
“I am excited that Gary has accepted this opportunity to build upon the successes created by Art and the team at Laneventure,” Bradley added. “I am confident he will continue to grow and develop the Laneventure brand across all channels of distribution to meet the needs of today’s furniture consumers.”
McCray credited Thompson for growing the company to its current level. “During his 20 years of leadership Art has transformed Laneventure from three distinct companies offering wicker, rattan, accent and fully upholstered furniture into an industry leading position with a wide range of products in the outdoor and indoor segments,” McCray said. “Art’s insistence on dramatic marketing and visual impact has been central to the company’s success and will continue to be so in the future. Over his many years in both the industry’s retail and manufacturing sectors he has developed strong leaders and made unique contributions that will not only continue to make Laneventure successful but also impact many other companies throughout the industry. We all wish Art much success as he moves on with the many endeavors of his retirement.”
Furniture Brands International is a vertically integrated operating company that is one of the nation’s leading designers, manufacturers and retailers of home furnishings. With annual sales in excess of $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. In addition to Laneventure, Furniture Brands include Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Pearson, Hickory Chair and Maitland Smith.
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