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7 W New York announces retirement of Su Hilty, VP of Marketing

NEW YORK — 7 W New York recently announced that company VP of Marketing Su Hilty will retire from her position as of June 2011.

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With a career spanning more than 40 years, Hilty started her career at Bloomingdale's, later moving on to Gucci to set up the company's wholesale operation in the U.S. After 9 years in sales and marketing at Liz Claiborne Accessories, Hilty joined 225 Fifth Avenue as VP of marketing. When the building was sold in 2004, Hilty was recruited by MMPI to bring her expertise to 7 W New York where she has worked closely with the MMPI team for more than 6 years.

"We reluctantly accept Su's resignation knowing 7 W and MMPI will not be the same without her efforts and dedication," said Joan Ulrich, senior vice president, MMPI. "She is truly a valued resource and we intend to continue to tap into her talents whenever possible."

"Although we will all miss her and everything that she brings to our business and to all of us as individuals, we could not be happier for her as she embarks on the next chapter of her life," said Chris Collins, vice president and general manager, 7 W New York. "I am very proud of Su, her accomplishments and the lasting positive effects that she has had on everyone that she has associated with over her long and successful career in this industry."

"After a varied and rewarding career and finally achieving MMPI's highest honor, the coveted Marty Award last year, I felt the timing was right for the next step," Hilty said. "This is never an easy decision, but while I may be resigning from 7 W, my love for and connection with the home and gift industry will continue."

Su will continue to be involved with the International Furnishings and Design Association where she is past president for the NY Chapter. She is also committed to the Home Products Advisory board of FIT, The Fashion Group International, Gift for Life and the Global Give Back Circle.

Jessica Kreider will assume many of Su's responsibilities and will work closely with Nancy Michael, MMPI's new Senior Marketing and Strategy Director for the gift and home décor industry.

A farewell reception is being planned, but details have not yet been released.

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