ORTE MADERA — Gary Friedman is returning as chairman and co-CEO at Restoration Hardware, less than a year after stepping aside, as the home products chain buys his new venture, a company called Hierarchy.
In August 2012 the New York Times had reported that Restoration Hardware's board found that Friedman had an inappropriate relationship with a former employee.
The company could not be reached at the time and declined to comment Wednesday.
Friedman started Hierarchy that month and was given a title of Chairman Emeritus, Creator and Curator at Restoration Hardware. He left as co-CEO and Chairman of Corte Madera, Calif.-based Restoration Hardware in October.
Friedman had been CEO since 2001. He's once again co-CEO alongside Carlos Alberini, who was brought on board in 2010.