Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) today announced the following leadership promotions and appointments, effective immediately.
Greg Bylsma, previously Chief Financial Officer at Herman Miller, has been named Chief Operating Officer of Herman Miller North America (Work and Learning), following Curt Pullen’s decision to step down from the Company.
Malisa Bryant, previously Vice President of North America Sales at Herman Miller, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Distribution for Herman Miller North America (Work and Learning). She will report directly to Brian Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Jeff Stutz, previously Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer at Herman Miller, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
“We are pleased to announce these promotions and appointments, which reflect the deep bench of talent within our organization and will support the actions we have and are taking to reignite growth in our North American Contract Segment,” said Mr. Walker. “In addition to serving as our CFO since 2009, Greg has led our global manufacturing operations for the past two years. His deep experience with the Company makes him a perfect fit to lead our North American business. I am confident that Greg will play an integral role in executing the initiatives we have put in place to accelerate growth in our North American contract business. I would also like to thank Curt for his many years of service and contributions to our Company. He has been a valuable member of our team and we wish him all the best.”
“I look forward to taking on my next challenge at Herman Miller and I’m confident that we have the right tools and strategy in place to return to higher growth,” said Mr. Bylsma. “I am also proud of the Finance team we’ve built at Herman Miller, and Jeff has been a key part of that. I am confident he is the ideal choice to succeed me as CFO.”
Mr. Walker continued, “Malisa was a key hire at Herman Miller last year and brings with her a proven track record in the area of sales leadership. Given her passion to win and significant industry experience, she is well suited to reinvigorate our sales and distribution organization throughout North America. We still have a lot of work ahead, and I look forward to working closely with her in this capacity.”
Mr. Walker concluded, “As a fourteen year veteran of Herman Miller, Jeff brings significant experience with our business and industry. He is a strong, well-respected leader, and the expansion of his responsibilities over the past two years will allow for a seamless transition. I look forward to continuing to work with him as we execute our strategy to drive shareholder value.”
Mr. Bylsma has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Herman Miller since February 2009. He also has served as Principal Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Herman Miller.
Ms. Bryant joined the Company in 2013 as Vice President and General Manager of Focused Market Segments. Prior to joining the Company, she held several leadership roles within the industry, including the Vice President of Customer Support, Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Accounts, and Vice President of Sales for Allsteel, in each case at HNI.
Mr. Stutz joined Herman Miller in 2001 and has held numerous roles within the Company’s finance organization, including Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer & Vice President of Investor Relations, Assistant Corporate Controller, and Director of Consolidations and Reporting. He began his career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche.
About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $1.9 billion in revenue in fiscal 2014. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2014, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.
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