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Simmons Bedding Appoints Gary Fazio as New Chief Executive Officer


Top Industry Executive Brings Extensive Manufacturing

and Retail Bedding Experience to Lead the Company


July 8, 2010 - Big news among the ranks of the top mattress/bedding manufacturers! Simmons Bedding Company, a leading provider of premium-branded bedding products, announced today the appointment of Gary Fazio as its new Chief Executive Officer effective July 8, 2010. Mr. Fazio brings more than 38 years of experience in the bedding industry and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta.

"I am thrilled to be joining Simmons at a time when the company is enhancing its strong brand and product portfolio as well as continuing to build on its long history of developing high quality and innovative products,” said Mr. Fazio. “Our opportunities are broad, and I look forward to joining the leadership team of such a distinguished company.”

Mr. Fazio has served as a top executive at both Sealy, Inc. and Mattress Firm, both in the manufacturing and retail sales of bedding resepctively. From 1981 to 2001, he worked at Sealy, Inc., eventually becoming Vice President and General Manager. From 2001 until 2010, Mr. Fazio served as CEO at Mattress Firm and has been its Chairman since February 2010.

After five years of dedicated leadership and service to Simmons, and guiding the company successfully through its restructuring, President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Fendrich will be leaving the company.

About Simmons Bedding Company

Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding Company is one of the world's largest mattress manufacturers, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of products including Beautyrest®, Beautyrest Black®, Beautyrest NxG®, Beautyrest Studio™, ComforPedic by Simmons™, ComforPedic Loft™, Natural Care®, Beautyrest Beginnings™ and BeautySleep®. Simmons Bedding operates 19 conventional bedding manufacturing facilities and one juvenile bedding manufacturing facility across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Simmons Bedding also serves as a key supplier of beds to many of the world’s leading hotel groups and resort properties. Simmons Bedding is committed to developing superior mattresses and promoting a higher quality sleep for consumers around the world.

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