WestPoint Stevens Announces Robert Dale to Join Management as Senior Vice President -- Sales And Marketing; Realignment of Other Senior Management Team; Chief Financial Officer Leaving at End of April

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from WestPoint Stevens Inc.

    WEST POINT, Ga., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- WestPoint Stevens Inc.
 (NYSE:   WXS) (www.westpointstevens.com ) announced today that Robert B. Dale
 has joined the Company as Senior Vice President -- Sales and Marketing. Mr.
 Dale has over 30 years of broad-based sales and marketing management
 experience in the industry, as well as operational and strategic planning
 expertise.
     In conjunction with this move, Joan Amberg has been named Senior Vice
 President -- Merchandising.  In a company that is becoming increasingly
 product-driven, Ms. Amberg is charged with bringing product features more in
 line with consumer requests and to facilitate accelerated communications
 between merchandising and sales.  She had been Senior Vice President and
 President - Domestic Sales since last May.
     William T. Walker has been named Senior Vice President -- Sourcing in a
 demonstrated reinforcement of the Company's commitment to sourcing.  The move
 is designed to help lower costs in this arena, improve strategic planning and
 enhance the Company's flexibility in product offerings.  Mr. Walker had been
 Senior Vice President -- Operations and Planning from last May.
     "This strengthening of our senior management team is a key step in the
 implementation of our Eight-Point Plan," said WestPoint Stevens President and
 Chief Operating Officer M.L. "Chip" Fontenot, to whom the three new
 appointments report. "We are very fortunate to identify and recruit talented
 management and to match specific specialties with individuals who have shown a
 real mastery of these areas.
     "We're elated about the addition of Mr. Dale's talent to mesh with our own
 seasoned professionals," Mr. Fontenot commented.  "Each of these individuals
 brings an enviable track record to this new opportunity.  With the strong team
 dynamics from this group, WestPoint Stevens is positioned to move ahead with a
 forceful new thrust."
     Additionally, the Company stated that Executive Vice President -- Finance
 and Chief Financial Officer David C. Meek will leave the Company at the end of
 this month to pursue other opportunities in the private sector.
     "We want to thank David Meek for his many valuable contributions to the
 Company during his tenure as Chief Financial Officer," added Mr. Fontenot.
 "While we will certainly miss David's strong financial capabilities, we
 recognize that he joined the Company for the specific task of helping to take
 it private.  Given WestPoint's status as a public company, David has chosen to
 return to private industry.  He has been a tremendous help to me during my
 initial transition to WestPoint and we all wish David the very best in his
 future endeavors.  We are actively seeking a new Chief Financial Officer and
 expect to name someone promptly."
     Mr. Dale most recently was Vice President -- Marketing and Sales of the
 Home Products Division of Thomaston Mills, Inc., from 1999 and was President
 and Chief Operating Officer -- Consumer Products with Glenoit Mills, Inc.,
 from 1996.  He began his industry career with Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. in 1970
 in sales management and ended his stint as a Corporate Officer and Division
 President in 1995.  With Fieldcrest Cannon, he also served as Vice President -
 - Sheet/Comforter Division, Group Vice President -- Bedding Division, and
 Executive Vice President -- Karastan Bigelow.
     He earned a BA degree in Marketing from Franklin Pierce College and
 participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, in the
 Marketing and Sales Management program at the University of Virginia's Colgate
 Darden Business School and in Accounting for Nonfinancial Executives at
 Wharton School of Business.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Home
 Fashion Products Association.
     In this assignment, he will be located at WestPoint Stevens' New York
 offices.
     Ms. Amberg began her career with the Company in 1983 and moved
 progressively through a series of sales and product management positions,
 including Vice President -- Custom Brands and Vice President -- Operations.
     She earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Providence College.
     In her new assignment, she will continue to be located in the Company's
 New York offices.
     Mr. Walker joined WestPoint Stevens' wholly owned subsidiary Liebhardt
 Inc. in 1993 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer until he
 became WestPoint Stevens Senior Vice President -- Operations and Planning last
 year. Earlier, he held marketing, manufacturing and production management
 posts with Frito Lay and with Colgate Palmolive.
     Mr. Walker earned a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry and an MS degree in
 Biology and Education from Ouchita University, Arkadelphia, AR.
     In his new assignment, he will be based at the Company's Clemson (S.C.)
 Complex.
     WestPoint Stevens Inc. is the nation's leading home fashions consumer
 products marketing company, with a wide range of bed linens, towels, blankets,
 comforters and accessories marketed under the well-known brand names of GRAND
 PATRICIAN, PATRICIAN, MARTEX, LUXOR BY MARTEX, UTICA, STEVENS, LADY PEPPERELL,
 VELLUX and CHATHAM, and under licensed brands including RALPH LAUREN HOME,
 DISNEY HOME, SANDERSON, DESIGNERS GUILD, JOE BOXER, GLYNDA TURLEY and SERTA
 PERFECT SLEEPER.  WestPoint Stevens is also a manufacturer of the MARTHA
 STEWART bed and bath lines. WestPoint Stevens can be found on the World Wide
 Web at www.westpointstevens.com .
     Safe Harbor Statement:  Except for historical information contained
 herein, certain matters set forth in this press release are "forward-looking
 statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 in the forward-looking statements.  Such risks and uncertainties may be
 attributable to important factors that include but are not limited to the
 following: Product margins may vary from those projected; Raw material prices
 may vary from those assumed; Additional reserves may be required for bad
 debts, returns, allowances, governmental compliance costs, or litigation;
 There may be changes in the performance of financial markets or fluctuations
 in foreign currency exchange rates; Unanticipated natural disasters could have
 a material impact upon results of operations; There may be changes in the
 general economic conditions that affect customer practices or consumer
 spending; Competition for retail and wholesale customers, pricing and
 transportation of products may vary from time to time due to seasonal
 variations or otherwise; Customer preferences for our products can be affected
 by competition, or general market demand for domestic or imported goods or the
 quantity, quality, price or delivery time of such goods; There could be an
 unanticipated loss of a material customer or a material license; The
 availability and price of raw materials could be affected by weather, disease,
 energy costs or other factors.  The Company assumes no obligation to update
 publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
 information, future events or otherwise.
 
     CONTACT:  financial, Lorraine D. Miller, CFA, Senior VP -- Investor
               Relations, 404-760-7180, or media, Toni M. Cauble, VP -- Corp.
               Communications, 706-645-4879, both of WestPoint Stevens Inc.
 
 

SOURCE WestPoint Stevens Inc.
    WEST POINT, Ga., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- WestPoint Stevens Inc.
 (NYSE:   WXS) (www.westpointstevens.com ) announced today that Robert B. Dale
 has joined the Company as Senior Vice President -- Sales and Marketing. Mr.
 Dale has over 30 years of broad-based sales and marketing management
 experience in the industry, as well as operational and strategic planning
 expertise.
     In conjunction with this move, Joan Amberg has been named Senior Vice
 President -- Merchandising.  In a company that is becoming increasingly
 product-driven, Ms. Amberg is charged with bringing product features more in
 line with consumer requests and to facilitate accelerated communications
 between merchandising and sales.  She had been Senior Vice President and
 President - Domestic Sales since last May.
     William T. Walker has been named Senior Vice President -- Sourcing in a
 demonstrated reinforcement of the Company's commitment to sourcing.  The move
 is designed to help lower costs in this arena, improve strategic planning and
 enhance the Company's flexibility in product offerings.  Mr. Walker had been
 Senior Vice President -- Operations and Planning from last May.
     "This strengthening of our senior management team is a key step in the
 implementation of our Eight-Point Plan," said WestPoint Stevens President and
 Chief Operating Officer M.L. "Chip" Fontenot, to whom the three new
 appointments report. "We are very fortunate to identify and recruit talented
 management and to match specific specialties with individuals who have shown a
 real mastery of these areas.
     "We're elated about the addition of Mr. Dale's talent to mesh with our own
 seasoned professionals," Mr. Fontenot commented.  "Each of these individuals
 brings an enviable track record to this new opportunity.  With the strong team
 dynamics from this group, WestPoint Stevens is positioned to move ahead with a
 forceful new thrust."
     Additionally, the Company stated that Executive Vice President -- Finance
 and Chief Financial Officer David C. Meek will leave the Company at the end of
 this month to pursue other opportunities in the private sector.
     "We want to thank David Meek for his many valuable contributions to the
 Company during his tenure as Chief Financial Officer," added Mr. Fontenot.
 "While we will certainly miss David's strong financial capabilities, we
 recognize that he joined the Company for the specific task of helping to take
 it private.  Given WestPoint's status as a public company, David has chosen to
 return to private industry.  He has been a tremendous help to me during my
 initial transition to WestPoint and we all wish David the very best in his
 future endeavors.  We are actively seeking a new Chief Financial Officer and
 expect to name someone promptly."
     Mr. Dale most recently was Vice President -- Marketing and Sales of the
 Home Products Division of Thomaston Mills, Inc., from 1999 and was President
 and Chief Operating Officer -- Consumer Products with Glenoit Mills, Inc.,
 from 1996.  He began his industry career with Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. in 1970
 in sales management and ended his stint as a Corporate Officer and Division
 President in 1995.  With Fieldcrest Cannon, he also served as Vice President -
 - Sheet/Comforter Division, Group Vice President -- Bedding Division, and
 Executive Vice President -- Karastan Bigelow.
     He earned a BA degree in Marketing from Franklin Pierce College and
 participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, in the
 Marketing and Sales Management program at the University of Virginia's Colgate
 Darden Business School and in Accounting for Nonfinancial Executives at
 Wharton School of Business.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Home
 Fashion Products Association.
     In this assignment, he will be located at WestPoint Stevens' New York
 offices.
     Ms. Amberg began her career with the Company in 1983 and moved
 progressively through a series of sales and product management positions,
 including Vice President -- Custom Brands and Vice President -- Operations.
     She earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Providence College.
     In her new assignment, she will continue to be located in the Company's
 New York offices.
     Mr. Walker joined WestPoint Stevens' wholly owned subsidiary Liebhardt
 Inc. in 1993 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer until he
 became WestPoint Stevens Senior Vice President -- Operations and Planning last
 year. Earlier, he held marketing, manufacturing and production management
 posts with Frito Lay and with Colgate Palmolive.
     Mr. Walker earned a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry and an MS degree in
 Biology and Education from Ouchita University, Arkadelphia, AR.
     In his new assignment, he will be based at the Company's Clemson (S.C.)
 Complex.
     WestPoint Stevens Inc. is the nation's leading home fashions consumer
 products marketing company, with a wide range of bed linens, towels, blankets,
 comforters and accessories marketed under the well-known brand names of GRAND
 PATRICIAN, PATRICIAN, MARTEX, LUXOR BY MARTEX, UTICA, STEVENS, LADY PEPPERELL,
 VELLUX and CHATHAM, and under licensed brands including RALPH LAUREN HOME,
 DISNEY HOME, SANDERSON, DESIGNERS GUILD, JOE BOXER, GLYNDA TURLEY and SERTA
 PERFECT SLEEPER.  WestPoint Stevens is also a manufacturer of the MARTHA
 STEWART bed and bath lines. WestPoint Stevens can be found on the World Wide
 Web at www.westpointstevens.com .
     Safe Harbor Statement:  Except for historical information contained
 herein, certain matters set forth in this press release are "forward-looking
 statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 in the forward-looking statements.  Such risks and uncertainties may be
 attributable to important factors that include but are not limited to the
 following: Product margins may vary from those projected; Raw material prices
 may vary from those assumed; Additional reserves may be required for bad
 debts, returns, allowances, governmental compliance costs, or litigation;
 There may be changes in the performance of financial markets or fluctuations
 in foreign currency exchange rates; Unanticipated natural disasters could have
 a material impact upon results of operations; There may be changes in the
 general economic conditions that affect customer practices or consumer
 spending; Competition for retail and wholesale customers, pricing and
 transportation of products may vary from time to time due to seasonal
 variations or otherwise; Customer preferences for our products can be affected
 by competition, or general market demand for domestic or imported goods or the
 quantity, quality, price or delivery time of such goods; There could be an
 unanticipated loss of a material customer or a material license; The
 availability and price of raw materials could be affected by weather, disease,
 energy costs or other factors.  The Company assumes no obligation to update
 publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
 information, future events or otherwise.
 
     CONTACT:  financial, Lorraine D. Miller, CFA, Senior VP -- Investor
               Relations, 404-760-7180, or media, Toni M. Cauble, VP -- Corp.
               Communications, 706-645-4879, both of WestPoint Stevens Inc.
 
 SOURCE  WestPoint Stevens Inc.