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Jay Reardon out as president of Hickory Chair

ST LOUIS — Jay Reardon, longtime president of Hickory Chair, appears to be the latest executive relieved of his duties since KPS Capital Partners, which received court approval to buy Furniture Brands assets last Friday, announced the renaming of the company as Heritage Home. Group LLC.

In attempting to contact Reardon at Hickory Chair's corporate office, Furniture/Today was told that Reardon was no longer at the company and that his calls were being forwarded to Drew Sweeney, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.

Calls to Sweeney were not returned at press time.

Reardon, who had served as Hickory Chair's president for 17 years, was the third confirmed executive to leave the company this week. Earlier this week, Ralph Scozzafava, CEO since 2008, resigned.

Yesterday, Heritage Home Group confirmed that it had released Dan Masters as president of its Lane Furniture unit.

Sources inside the company said that Vance Johnston, senior vice president and chief financial officer, had also left the company.
Calls attempting to confirm Johnston's status at the company were not returned at press time.

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