MORRISTOWN, TN -- Berkline BenchCraft Holdings LLC, ("Berkline"), is a leading manufacturer of upholstered furniture, marketing its products under two primary brands, Berkline(R) and BenchCraft(R), which enjoy a growing presence in home theater seating, including reclining sofas, and love seats, today announced the appointment of Robert (Rob) Burch as President and CEO, effective March 30, 2009. Berkline is an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. ("Sun Capital"), a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies.
Rob Burch has more than 30 years experience in general management with an extensive background in operations roles. Most recently, Mr. Burch served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Simmons Bedding Company, a manufacturer of conventional and specialty mattresses, foundations and juvenile sleep products. Prior to Simmons, he held senior executive operations roles with Steelcase Inc. Mr. Burch received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
Christopher T. Metz, Managing Director, Sun Capital Partners, Inc., stated, "We are pleased to appoint Rob Burch as Berkline's new President and CEO. Rob has had an extensive general management background with demonstrated executive operations leadership in the furniture industry. He brings the right blend of experience to Berkline to further its growth strategy and accentuate the Company's focus on strategic objectives.
"I would like to thank Bill Wittenberg, the outgoing CEO, for his many years of dedicated service and wish him well in his future endeavors as he pursues personal interests."
Rob Burch, the incoming President and CEO, Berkline BenchCraft Holdings LLC, added, "I am very pleased to be appointed President and CEO of Berkline, which is a brand leader in reclining upholstered furniture as well as stationary fabric and leather furniture. My broad experience in
leading operations and product development teams supports our goal of deepening Berkline's market penetration in its target markets. I look forward to the challenge and to working with our executive team, employees, and customers."
About Berkline BenchCraft Holdings, LLC
Berkline BenchCraft Holdings is a leading North American manufacturer of upholstered furniture, marketing its products under two principal brands, Berkline(R) and BenchCraft(R). Berkline(R) products, which enjoy a number three market share and a growing presence in home theater seating, include reclining sofas, love seats, and sectionals. BenchCraft(R) is focused primarily on stationary fabric and leather furniture. Product is sold through regional and national furniture chains, big box stores, and department stores.
About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies that can benefit from its in-house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in and managed more than 205 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $40.0 billion since Sun Capital's inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates with offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Shenzhen and Shanghai, China.
SOURCE: Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
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