Steelcase Inc. Appoints Jim Keane as Chief Operating Officer
Keane Brings Robust Company Background to New Global Leadership Role at
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steelcase Inc.
(NYSE:SCS), the global leader in the office furniture industry, today
announced the appointment of Jim Keane as chief operating officer. Keane
brings his most recent experience as president of the Steelcase Group in the
Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as earlier company roles as
chief financial officer and the head of research and development to his new
"The global business environment is changing at a rapid pace," said James P.
Hackett, chief executive officer of Steelcase Inc. "It's crucial that
Steelcase accelerate the implementation of its current strategic plan, while
also staying ahead of the trends that are shaping the future state of our
business. With Jim in this expanded role, I am confident that Steelcase will
continue to serve the world's leading organizations, to help them use space as
leverage for their own success, and to remain at the forefront of what's next
in the world of business."
As chief operating officer, Keane will be responsible for the design,
engineering, development, manufacturing, sales and distribution of the
company's brands in the nearly 160 countries where Steelcase does business.
Steelcase brands offer a variety of products and services for corporate,
healthcare and education organizations, with the goal of creating great
experiences wherever work happens.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Jim Hackett for 15 years, and I'm
honored to take a role that allows Jim to devote more of his time to
envisioning our future direction," said Keane. "Throughout its 100-year
history, Steelcase has maintained the unwavering ability to stay focused on
both the present and on the horizon. We want to continue to ride our current
momentum as we anticipate what's next in the world of work."
Prior to joining Steelcase, Keane was a consultant with McKinsey and Company
for five years and held positions with Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co. and
Keane earned a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from the University
of Illinois, and a master's in management degree from the Kellogg Graduate
School of Management at Northwestern University.
About Steelcase Inc.
For 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the
world's leading organizations – wherever work happens. Steelcase and our
family of brands – including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®,
Nurture®, PolyVision® and Turnstone® – offer a comprehensive portfolio of
furnishings, products and services designed to unlock human promise and
support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally
accessible through a network of channels, including approximately 650 dealers.
Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with
fiscal 2012 revenue of $2.75 billion.
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