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Gracious Home names Fothergill president

New York - After conducting "an extensive search, high-end home furnishings store Gracious Home has named industry veteran Ashley Fothergill as the company's new president.

He officially takes the helm this week.
Fothergill hails most recently from Ralph Lauren, where he had been since 2006, his last post as vp for the home collection. Prior to that, he served as director of product development at Williams-Sonoma, and earlier as director of product development at Sainsbury's in the United Kingdom. His career in retailing got started at Macy's Merchandising Group.

Gracious Home credits Fothergill with being "instrumental in building up the home category at Ralph Lauren, which covers many of Gracious Home's departments," which include textiles, lighting, giftware, home fragrance, decorative accessories, stationery, paint and window hardware. The company added he also "personally led the successful development and launch of the newly introduced Ralph Lauren lighting collection, which GH debuted strongly this year."

Joel Kier, chairman, said Fothergill "comes highly recommended by many of GH's strongest relationships and supporters in the home furnishings industry and we are delighted he has recognized the tremendous opportunity to grow our business and the wonderful strong teams we have at GH."

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