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• The Seattle Times is reporting that Sur la Table has replaced its CEO, Jack Schwefel, who had been with the company since 2007, with Diane Neal, who is reported to have "headed Bath & Body Works, a large retailer of beauty products, until 2011, and is a 22-year veteran of Target and Gap. She is on the board of directors at both Abercrombie & Fitch and the Fossil Group."

The move is said to be a strategic one, as the 119-unit company ramps up for major expansion, especially on the east coast.
KC's View:
Some guys like going to Home Depot. Me, I'll take a Sur la Table anytime … I just think it is one of the coolest retail formats out there. (I think it is a lot more accessible than, say, Williams Sonoma.) I think they have to be careful not to expand too fast, lest they lose touch with their core culture. But I'm glad to see that the company is growing.