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R.G. BARRY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES REORGANIZATION

 R.G. BARRY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES REORGANIZATION
 PICKERINGTON, Ohio, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Zacks, chairman


and chief executive officer of R.G. Barry Corporation (AMEX: RGB) today announced a major reorganization of the footwear firm's top management.
 Zacks is assuming the duties held by Wade Harn, president and chief operating officer who, as previously announced, is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
 Tex Hysell, vice president of Materials and Logistics will also be leaving the company. His duties and responsibilities have been absorbed by other functions resulting in the elimination of his position.
 "This reorganization will result in a leaner, more streamlined, less complicated management structure needed to profitably grow our business in a more complex, competitive economy. The reorganization will result in improved executional consistency, and faster reaction to the needs of our customers in a changing retail environment," said Zacks.
 "We had a very strong fourth quarter in 1991 and expect to report a substantial profit increase for the quarter versus the same period a year earlier. For the year as a whole, we expect to report a loss as a direct result of unanticipated costs resulting from problems with the consolidation of cutting and lamination operations at our facility in Laredo, Texas. The problems have been corrected. The Laredo plant is operating at the level required to provide on-time flow of materials to our assembly operations," said Zacks.
 In a series of related moves effective today, Charles Ostrander, former vice president, Sales/Marketing, will become executive vice president, Sales/Marketing. Ostrander has also been elected by the board of directors to fill the vacancy created by Harn's resignation. Ostrander joined the firm in 1987 as vice president, Marketing.
 Christian Galvis, who joined the company last year as vice president, Operations will become executive vice president, Operations. In addition, the board of directors today approved the expansion of the firm's board from 9 to 10 members and elected Galvis as a director.
 Richard L. Burrell, former vice president, Finance, will become senior vice president, Finance. Burrell has been with the company 25 years and also serves on the board of directors.
 Dan Viren, former vice president, Controller, will become senior vice president, Administration. Viren joined the firm in 1988.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Drummond of R.G. Barry Corporation, 614-864-6400/
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