Herman Miller CEO Announces Retirement

Brian Walker, president and CEO for Zeeland, Mich.-based furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, has announced plans to retire this August. A member of the Herman Miller team for nearly 30 years, Walker helmed the company for 14 years. He will remain with Herman Miller until a successor is selected.

“Now is the right time to transition the company to its next generation of leadership. Over the past 10 years, we have been relentlessly focused on expanding our addressable market and developing the building blocks necessary to navigate the changes we predicted would impact the core office furniture marketplace,” Walker says. “Our global network of contract dealers, retail studios and e-commerce is unique and provides a significant competitive advantage.”

“His deep commitment and remarkable leadership have enabled Herman Miller to become the global industry leader it is today,” adds Michael Volkema, Herman Miller executive chairman. “During Brian’s tenure, Herman Miller has become a lean enterprise that keeps its promises and strives to improve each and every day. With Brian’s assistance, the board will conduct a comprehensive search to identify the next president and CEO, and we are committed to ensuring a smooth transition.”


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