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Chuck Rudwall, president of DeLandis Furniture U.S., dies at 55

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JESSUP, Md. — Chuck Rudwall, recently named president of DeLandis Furniture U.S., died unexpectedly Thursday at his home in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was 55.

Mike Zippelli, CEO of Classic Brands, a partner in the U.S. operations of DeLandis, will assume the leadership role of the furniture business until a successor can be named.

"Chuck's death is not only a tremendous loss to our company but to the furniture industry as a whole," said Zippelli. "In the short period of time he was a part of our team, he made many important contributions to the business. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with his wife, children and family."

Rudwall joined DeLandis after 36 years in senior management, sales and marketing posts at home furnishings companies. His key responsibilities at DeLandis included overseeing the North American day-to-day business operations, as well as launching brand-building initiatives and establishing retailer relationships.

Previously, Rudwall served as president and CEO of international leather supplier Luonto Furniture, where he spearheaded successful product launches and oversaw the recruitment, hiring and training of the company's national sales representatives.

He was founder and president of LeatherONE Furniture, where he managed merchandising, marketing and sales and helped develop award-winning advertising campaigns. He also was vice president of sales at Italian leather supplier SoftLine SpA, where he significantly increased the company's sales revenue.

DeLandis Furniture was established as a U.S. brand this year through a partnership between Classic Brands LLC and DeLandis, based in Quanzhou, China.


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