The head of the Wickes Cos. carpet-manufacturing unit in Dalton, Ga., has been put on an indefinite leave of absence in the wake of disclosures that some of the division's employees submitted phony test results to customers.
James Gilligan, who had been president of Collins & Aikman's floor coverings division for about a year, was put on paid leave two to three weeks ago, a spokesman for Santa Monica-based Wickes said.
However, the spokesman stressed: "We have no reason to believe that there was any misconduct or impropriety on his part whatsoever. Because of the extraordinary circumstances that were occurring, we wanted to have a senior corporate officer from C&A take charge of that division on an interim basis."
Gilligan was replaced by Brook Johnson, a Collins & Aikman group vice president from the New York headquarters to whom Gilligan had reported. Reached by telephone at his home, Gilligan had no comment Tuesday.