Steelcase Announces James Keane as Next Chief Executive Officer
Keane Brings Financial, Research & Development, Marketing and Operations
Experience From More Than 15 Years With Steelcase
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steelcase Inc.
(NYSE:SCS), the global leader in the office furniture industry, today
announces the appointment of James P. Keane to Chief Executive Officer. Keane
will officially succeed long-time CEO James P. Hackett in March 2014 at the
beginning of the company's next fiscal year.
In his current role as President and Chief Operating Officer, Keane is
responsible for product development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and
distribution for all Steelcase brands around the world.
"Throughout his 16 years at the company, Jim has proven to be a strong leader
with a passion for winning and a deep understanding of the business," said Rob
Pew, Board Chair, Steelcase Inc. "His creativity and strategic execution make
him a great steward of the Steelcase legacy and the right choice to lead
Steelcase into a future of continued growth and tremendous technological
At various times, Keane led research and development, corporate strategy,
information technology and finance for the company before taking over
leadership for the Steelcase brand in North America in 2006.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Steelcase. I've learned a lot by
working with Jim Hackett as he guided the company through significant changes
in the world of work," said Keane. "We have a talented leadership group, and
an amazing network of employees worldwide who help our clients create great
experiences wherever work happens."
Keane, a Chicago native, 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. He serves on
the boards of Rockwell Automation, IDEO and the Business and Institutional
Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).
"I've had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years, and he understands
what is needed to drive innovation in today's globally competitive
environment," said Jim Hackett. "His results-oriented approach and proven
track record will only continue to grow the business and deliver increased
value to the company and our shareholders."
As previously announced, Hackett will assume a new position as vice chair for
one year when the CEO transition is complete. He will also continue as a
member of the Steelcase board of directors.
For more than 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 670 dealers.
Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with
fiscal 2013 revenue of $2.9 billion.
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