Lumber Liquidators names new CEO as sales slump continues

Wed Nov 4, 2015 7:50am EST
 
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(Reuters) - Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (LL.N: Quote) appointed board member John Presley chief executive, five months after Robert Lynch resigned following a report that the company sourced flooring laminates with harmful levels of a known carcinogen.

Presley, former CEO of First Capital Bancorp Inc FCVA.O, replaces acting CEO Thomas Sullivan, the founder of Lumber Liquidators.

Sullivan will become a special adviser to Presley and remain on the struggling hardwood flooring retailer's board.

Presley has more than 30 years of leadership experience with significant operational, turnaround and risk management expertise, Lumber Liquidators said.

Presley joined Lumber Liquidators as a director in April 2006 before the company went public in 2007.

The company on Wednesday also reported a bigger-than-expected 11.3 percent fall in third-quarter net sales to $236.1 million.

Demand has been hurt by allegations by a CBS (CBS.N: Quote) "60 Minutes" show in March that the company's laminates from China contained excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.

The company's shares were down almost 7 percent at $13.25 in premarket trading.

The company said same-store sales fell 14.6 percent in the quarter ended Sept. 30 due to a drop in traffic and average value of sales.   Continued...

 
A Lumber Liquidators store is shown in San Marcos, California March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake