SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sur La Table, the retail destination for those with a passion for cooking and a love for food, today announced the appointment of industry veteran, Diane Neal as its new CEO. Ms. Neal has over 30 years of consumer and retail experience and has held leadership positions at a number of prominent consumer brands. Most recently Ms. Neal served as chief executive officer and president of Bath & Body Works, Inc. She currently serves on the boards of several retail companies, including Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Fossil Group Inc.
“I am truly excited to be taking on this role and joining a market-leading company in Sur La Table,” said Diane Neal. “I look forward to building on the company’s unique product offering and exceptional customer service to offer consumers the best kitchenware shopping experience, whether it’s in-store or online.”
Ms. Neal succeeds Jack Schwefel, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities after serving as Sur La Table’s CEO since 2007.
“We would like to thank Jack Schwefel for his leadership in driving Sur La Table’s growth from 50 stores to more than 100 over the course of his tenure,” said Kevin Nickelberry, Managing Director at Investcorp and a member of Sur La Table’s board of directors. “We look forward to working with Diane as she leads the company to its next stage of growth in new and existing markets.”
About Sur La Table
Since its beginnings in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1972, Sur La Table has believed that the kitchen is the center of the home. Today, those with a passion for cooking and a love for food can discover a leading selection of global brands in over 115 Sur La Table stores, online at www.surlatable.com, through the Sur La Table Catalog and via the Sur La Table Gift Registry. With cooking classes in over 50 locations, Sur La Table operates the largest avocational cooking school nationwide. From essential basics to hard-to-find specialty tools and cookware, Sur La Table is sure to have something for every cook. In 2011, Sur La Table was acquired by Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products.