TRELLEBORG, Sweden -- Lars von Kantzow has resigned as President and CEO of Pergo Inc. to pursue other interests. Von Kantzow will leave the Pergo group on Oct. 1, 2002. A successor has not yet been named.

Von Kantzow joined Pergo AB in Sweden in 1990 and has headed up the North American operations since the U.S. launch of Pergo in 1993. Von Kantzow has not yet decided what his next career move will be, but noted that now was the right time to move on to next chapter in his life.

"I have had a great ride at Pergo during my 12 years with the group," he said. "The company has given me fantastic opportunities and I've had the privilege of working with a wonderful group of really talented people."

The company has known for some time of von Kantzow's intentions to leave, but he was asked to stay on until now to oversee the successful implementation in North America of the company's worldwide action program.