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Havertys Names New Sr. VP of Marketing

Home furnishings retailer Havertys  (NYSE: HVT) named Kathy Daly-Jennings senior vice president of marketing.

Daly-Jennings will succeed Thomas Curran, who is retiring from the position. Daly-Jennings will report to Richard Gallagher, executive vice president of merchandising for the company.

"During the past 32 years, Tom's leadership and focus on our customers has contributed greatly to the success of Havertys," Gallagher said. "He was instrumental in the initial research surrounding our recent store concepts 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 customers: from almost exclusive use of newspaper, to direct mail and television, to today's multi-device hyper connected dynamic marketing."

Curran's retirement is effective at the end of June.

"I greatly appreciate his dedication to Havertys during his many years of service," said Clarence Smith, chairman, president and CEO. "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."

Prior to joining Havertys, Daly-Jennings most recently was head of industry retail vertical for Google. Prior to that she held marketing leadership positions as director of multi-channel marketing for The Home Depot (NYSE: HD)  and director of media innovation for The Coca-Cola Co. (NASDAQ: COKE)

"We are pleased to welcome Kathy to Havertys," Gallagher said. "She has more than 17 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."

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