Herman Miller Realigns Organizational Structure to Accelerate Strategic Execution
February 6, 2017
Global design manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) today announced a realignment of its organizational structure. The realigned structure will accelerate the implementation of Overdrive, Herman Miller’s strategy to transform the 112-year-old company into a global, multi-channel, modern lifestyle brand.
“Today’s announcement streamlines our senior leadership structure to speed strategic execution and allow greater leverage of resources in our vertical segments,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Walker. “Over the past five years, we have increased our market opportunity through geographic and customer segment expansion. This includes the acquisition of many brands that we believe are important to our long-term growth. These changes will further our efforts to build on their individual strengths and capitalize on the natural synergies within the segments.”
The new organizational structure includes the following changes:
- Centralizing leadership for the North America Contract business segment, comprised of the company’s North American Work, Government, Healthcare, and Education businesses, to streamline operational capabilities and improve service to dealers and contract customers.
- Creating a centralized leadership structure for Geiger, the Herman Miller Collection, and Maharam within the Specialty business segment to accelerate growth while enhancing the product and service offering for architects and design professionals.
- Combining the functions of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Channel Development, and Information Technology to drive the integration of acquired companies, expand channels to market, and develop new technological capabilities.
- Merging creative direction and new product commercialization to foster innovation, elevate design execution, and increase speed to market.
To support the realignment, the following leadership promotions and appointments are effective immediately:
- Greg Bylsma, previously Chief Operating Officer of Herman Miller North America (Work and Learning), has been promoted to President, North America Contract.
- Steve Gane, previously Executive Vice President and President of Geiger and Herman Miller Collection, has been promoted to President, Specialty Brands.
- Jeremy Hocking, previously Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development.
- Ben Watson, previously Executive Creative Director, has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer.
The following individuals will continue to serve on the Executive Leadership Team:
- Jeff Stutz, Chief Financial Officer
- Andy Lock, President, International
- John Edelman, CEO, Herman Miller Consumer
- John McPhee, President, Herman Miller Consumer
- Michael Ramirez, Executive Vice President, People, Places, and Administration
About Herman Miller
Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index ten years in a row, was named a 2016 Top 100 Healthiest Employer, and has earned numerous global sustainability awards. In fiscal 2016, the company generated $2.26 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.
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