Atlanta, Georgia, June 9, 2014 - HAVERTYS (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A) announced today the upcoming retirement of Thomas P. Curran senior vice president, marketing. In conjunction with Mr. Curran`s pending retirement, Havertys announces Kathy Daly-Jennings has joined the company as senior vice president, marketing. She will report to Richard D. Gallagher, executive vice president, merchandising.
"During the past 32 years, Tom`s leadership and focus on our customer has contributed greatly to the success of Havertys. He was instrumental in the initial research surrounding our recent store concept and refresh initiatives and was responsible for the development of the marketing for Havertys branded products introduced in 2000. He has steered our advertising and marketing efforts through periods of remarkable change in how we reach our customer: from almost exclusive use of newspaper, to direct mail and television, to today`s multi-device hyper connected dynamic marketing," said Richard Gallagher, executive vice president, merchandising.
Clarence Smith, chairman, president and CEO said, "True to his loyalty to our company, when Tom informed us in late February his intention to retire, he agreed to remain at Havertys through the end of June to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. I greatly appreciate his dedication to Havertys during his many years of service. His steadfast commitment to excellence and his broad knowledge of the industry earned the respect from those within Havertys and other professionals in the industry. He has been a tremendous asset to the company, a great support to me and he will be missed."
Kathy Daly-Jennings most recently served as Head of Industry, Retail Vertical for Google. Prior to that she held marketing leadership positions as Director, Multi-Channel Marketing for The Home Depot and Director, Media Innovation for The Coca-Cola Company. Ms. Daly-Jennings is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University.
Gallagher said, "We are pleased to welcome Kathy to Havertys. She has more than seventeen years experience in the internet industry and an additional nine years in marketing and advertising roles. She joins us from Google, where she specialized in helping brick-and-mortar retailers excel in the digital environment. While at The Home Depot she launched the first direct-to-consumer brand for that company. She has also been responsible for developing interactive marketing opportunities for brands such as The Weather Channel, IBM, BellSouth, MCI, and NIKE.
"We believe Kathy`s knowledge and skill set will be a valuable asset as we continue expanding our efforts in the digital space. Her experience in serving the retail industry in various marketing and branding roles makes her an excellent fit for our leadership team," Smith concluded.
Havertys (NYSE:HVT and HVT.A), established in 1885, is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 118 showrooms in 16 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions providing its customers with a wide selection of quality merchandise in middle to upper-middle price ranges. Additional information is available on the Company`s website at www.havertys.com.
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