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Ex-Cell's Fraley calls it quits

New York — After four years as the "No. 2 man," John Fraley is resigning from his post as executive vp of Ex-Cell Home Fashions.

Fraley, who will conclude his tenure next Friday, told HTT that he made his decision based on his hope to re-evaluate his career.

"My wife and I had long planned that once we got to this point in our careers we would sit back and decide if we wanted to continue doing what we're doing or take a sabbatical and make a change," said Fraley, whose wife is self-employed as an advertising consultant. "And since there are ownership changes coming at Ex-Cell at some point in the future, I thought this was the right time for me to do that."

Barry Leonard, president, told HTT that for the time being the company will not look to replace Fraley.

He said Fraley had expressed his plans to leave the company in April upon Leonard's arrival to Ex-Cell as the company's new president, replacing Sam Samelson.

"This was part of John's long-term plan to assess his personal and professional priorities at this point in his career. He felt the timing of a management change and the imminent ownership change at Ex-Cell was the logical time to do this," Leonard said.

Prior to joining Ex-Cell in 1998, Fraley held various senior management positions at WestPoint Stevens, where he spent seven years climbing the ranks from merchandising to senior vp of all products. He also spent 18 years at Fieldcrest Cannon working in various capacities.

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