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RH Forms Technology Unit, Hires Chief Technology Officer

Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) said it is forming a technology company to boost its digital platform and has named Prakash Muppirala president of the new business unit, RH Innovations.

The company said Muppirala, who also will hold the title of chief technology officer, “will develop unique and proprietary capabilities to amplify RH's pursuit of becoming one of the most admired brands and business platforms in the world.”

“Prakash has a deep background as an engineer and technology leader who has personally developed numerous patented systems, and participated in the architecture of complex business platforms,” said Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO. “His unique experience at both eBay for nine years, and Staples for the past four years, has prepared him to lead this important new business unit of RH.”

Most recently, Muppirala was senior vice president of global e-commerce at Staples.

“I am excited to be joining RH, a brand that is at the forefront of innovation in retail,” Muppirala said. “I look forward to working with the RH team and contributing to future developments and the continued evolution of the company.”

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