La-Z-Boy Names Chief Human Resources Officer

by Katie Lee

Monroe, Mich. — La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed Barbara J. Runyon as chief human resources officer. She will join the company on February 2, 2015, and will report to Kurt L. Darrow, La-Z-Boy’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“We are delighted Barbara is joining the senior management team of La-Z-Boy,” says Darrow. “I am confident she will make a significant contribution to the company as we enter the next chapter. Her leadership acumen will play an important role as we maximize our growth strategies moving forward.”

Runyon joins La-Z-Boy from PepsiCo/The Pepsi Bottling Group, where she spent 14 years in various human resource positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, she served as senior director of human resources for the company’s Midwest region.

“I look forward to joining La-Z-Boy at such a pivotal time in the company’s history,” says Runyon. “With a solid growth strategy in place coupled with the move to a new global headquarters and the change associated with that, I envision significant opportunity to help shape the corporation as it moves into a new and exciting chapter.”

La-Z-Boy Incorporated’s retail segment includes 107 of the 325 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores. The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 325 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 564 independent Comfort Studio® locations, in addition to in-store gallery programs for the company’s Kincaid and England operating units. For more information, visit



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