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Fry steps down as chief executive

Johnson Fry founder Charles Fry is standing down as chief executive on December 31. Fry will continue to serve on the board and will work part-time at the company in sales and marketing. Rebecca Thomas, who was appointed managing director in September, will take over operational responsibility.

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