JASPER, Ind. -- Kimball International, Inc. has announced that Kristine (Kristie) L. Juster, a member of the Kimball International board of directors since 2016, has been appointed chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2018. Juster succeeds Bob Schneider, who previously announced his intent to retire as CEO and chairman effective October 31, 2018.   

Juster comes to Kimball International with over 20 years of experience as a global executive at Newell Brands. During her tenure at Newell Brands she held the role of CEO/President of the Home Décor Segment with the brands Levelor and Kirsh; the Culinary Lifestyle Segment with Calphalon, a brand known for design innovation; and, the Global Writing Segment with a wide variety of market leading brands such as Sharpie and Expo.

“I am honored and excited to lead Kimball International, which has such a rich history and compelling opportunities for strategic growth,” Juster said. “Over the past several years, Kimball International has transformed into a world-class design company with market-leading brands and a higher level of return on capital than any of our public competitors.

“Our next chapter will leverage our entrepreneurial background, our love of design and creativity, and a passion for customer service and employee empowerment. I look forward to working with the experienced leadership team, talented employees, and our board of directors, as we search for ways to accelerate growth and to drive strategic differentiation in the marketplace.”

Schneider announced on May 7 his intent to step down as chairman of the board with his retirement, in the spirit of good governance. The board also announced that it is separating the roles of Chairman and CEO. See http://www.kimballinternational.com

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