LNT exec shuffle strengthens textiles

Scott Silver, vp and gmm of housewares, has been shifted to the textiles division at Linens 'N Things in a move designed to strengthen both the personnel and merchandising of the home textiles segment of the business. It is a new position for the company.

The textiles division includes sheets, comforters and the bath group. Reporting to Silver is Vi Beneciuk, merchandise manager, decorative bath group, and the buyers for sheets and comforters.

Loretta Groller is divisional merchandise manager for specialty textiles and window coverings, which includes decorative pillows and basic bedding.

Lisa Laube, vp and general merchandise manager, continues to head the decorative accessories division.

Silver, Groller and Laube report to Audrey Schlaepfer, executive vp and chief merchandising officer.

The company will be conducting an outside search for a replacement for Silver as vp, gmm, housewares.

Steve Silverstein, LNT president, said, "We are dedicating specific resources to support the growth of our textiles business. These organizational changes will align our internal resources in the most productive manner."

Indeed, LNT's management has indicated a renewed effort to increase its textiles business, and Silverstein cited an upgrading of core segments with better quality at the same or lower prices as one key element.

In addition, he sees exclusive textiles accessories such as quilts and a focus on local market opportunities for product as two important possibilities for growth potential.

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