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Ian Sears Named Ralph Lauren Home President

NEW YORK - Ian Sears, who has been chief marketing officer for Restoration Hardware, has been named to one of the most high profile jobs in home furnishings: president of Ralph Lauren Home.
     The announcement was accompanied by the news that William Li, currently vp of marketing, advertising and communications for Ralph Lauren Home, has been promoted to senior vp, overseeing sales and merchandising as well as retaining his current responsibilities.
     Both appointments come with the pending retirement of Frank Guzzetta as president. He will assist in the transition, the company said. Under Guzzetta, Ralph Lauren Home undertook a number of significant moves including taking over direct control of most of its home textiles program from licensee WestPoint Home, as well as new licensees in furniture and floor coverings.
     Sears, who has also been senior vp in charge of direct-to-consumer business at Restoration Hardware, is a home industry veteran who earlier held senior positions with Macy's and Williams Sonoma. He will oversee all Ralph Lauren Home brands including Lauren, Chaps and American Living and report to Jackwyn Nemerov, executive vp of wholesale brands, licensed products, sourcing, merchandising, home and Asia Pacific.
     Li, who joined the company in August 2010 following 18 years with Conde Nast, will also oversee planning and European business development for home. He reports to Sears and David Lauren executive vp of global advertising, marketing and communications.

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