JAMESTOWN, NY — Jim Sherbert has stepped down as CEO of Bush Industries. Sherbert, who has been CEO of the casegoods and RTA furniture manufacturer since August 2005, will retire in the spring.
Bush Industries announced that Jim Garde will take over as CEO. Garde was previously CFO at Bush and most recently served as president of the BBF Division (Bush Business Furniture), the company’s commercial furniture division rebranded in 2010.
“It’s been an incredible, six-year journey that I’ve taken with Bush Industries and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished during that period and grateful to everyone at Bush who has contributed to advance the company,” Sherbert said in a statement. “I have every confidence that Jim Garde will direct the company toward excellence and growth.”
Sherbert was named a Market Leader and featured in the December 2010 of Wood & Wood Products, where he shared some of the secrets to his successful career. ““I have pulled from my various experiences in the manufacturing industry and incorporated sound business strategies that directly solve problems and address challenges,” he said at the time. “I’ve also adopted a process of objectivity and brutal honesty to turn companies around. My philosophy is that a company must focus on the future and not defend the past. Like a sports team, you have to look at next week not last week.”
Sherbert, who joined Bush six years ago, has more than two decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, including positions at CEO of Castle Rock Industries, president and COO of Southcorp Packaging USA, and president and COO of Advance Packaging.