CORTE MADERA, Calif., March 30, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Restoration Hardware Inc. today announced the resignation of John Tate, the Company's Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, citing personal reasons and a desire to return to his home in North Carolina. Mr. Tate intends to establish a private consultancy, but indicated he will remain in his current capacity until a successor is named to the position of COO. Mr. Tate first joined Restoration Hardware in 2003 as a member of the Board of Directors and was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in August 2004.
Gary Friedman, President, Chairman and CEO said, "John has played a pivotal role in the repositioning of Restoration Hardware, first as a Board member and then as a key member of the Company's senior management team. Under John's leadership, the Company stabilized an underperforming supply chain, significantly reduced our cost base and developed a plan for our future infrastructure platform. While I am disappointed to see John leave, I understand his desire to be with his family on a more regular basis. I am also appreciative of John's commitment to remain in his role until we have recruited his successor, helping insure a smooth and orderly transition."
Commenting on his intended departure, Mr. Tate indicated, "It is with sadness that I leave my current position at Restoration Hardware. Working with Gary and the team has been a career highlight for me. While our job in restoring the operations infrastructure is far from over, we now have a very strong management team, a sound and executable strategy and much demonstrated progress, from both a cost and performance standpoint."
About Restoration Hardware, Inc.:
Restoration Hardware, Inc. is a specialty retailer of high quality home furnishings, bath fixtures and bathware, functional and decorative hardware and related merchandise that reflects the Company's classic and authentic American point of view. Restoration Hardware, Inc. sells its merchandise offering through its retail stores, catalog (800-762-1005) and on-line at www.restorationhardware.com. As of March 30, 2006, the Company operated 103 retail stores and six outlet stores in 30 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
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SOURCE Restoration Hardware, Inc.
Gary Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Restoration Hardware, Inc., +1-415-924-1005, or fax, +1-415-945-7264