Information and biographies regarding the Executive Officers of Steelcase Inc.
Sara E. ArmbrusterVice President, WorkSpace Futures and Corporate Strategy
Sara E. Armbruster is vice president of WorkSpace Futures and Corporate Strategy for Steelcase Inc. The global leader in the office furniture industry, Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.
Named to this role in May 2009, Sara manages Steelcase's research and applications development activities. Research focuses on understanding users and changing work patterns, as well as the impact of emerging technologies in the workplace. She is also responsible for all corporate business development activity, works closely with Steelcase's businesses on major initiatives, oversees the strategic planning process and leads the strategy and growth initiatives organization. Previously, Sara was vice president of Corporate Strategy, a role she assumed in March 2007.
Before joining Steelcase, Sara was vice president of business development at Banta Corporation, a contract printing company based in Menasha, Wisconsin (March 2003-March 2007). In that role, she led strategy development for the corporation and managed all merger and acquisition activity. She also served as interim chief marketing officer during a portion of her tenure at Banta.
Prior to that, she worked for McKinsey & Company in Boston, Massachusetts (September 1999-February 2003), helping clients with a variety of strategy and general management issues; and for Andersen Consulting as a business and research analyst in the firm's consumer products practice (August 1994-August 1997).
Sara holds a bachelor's degree in Slavic languages and literature from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; a master's in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.; and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
James P. HackettChief Executive Officer
James P. Hackett is chief executive officer and director of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. For over 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.
Jim oversees all operations of Steelcase Inc., including domestic and international operations.
Jim was named chief executive officer of Steelcase Inc. in December 1994 and also served as president from 1994 to April 2013.
In August 1994, Jim was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Steelcase North America.
In April 1994, Jim was named executive vice president of Steelcase Ventures. He was responsible for the design and development of products for non-contract furniture industry customers in addition to developing new company opportunities.
In August 1993, Jim was named president of Turnstone, a Steelcase company created exclusively to meet the office furnishing needs of small businesses and home offices. The Turnstone model, designed to service new ways in which people do their work, was unique in the contract furniture industry.
In 1990, Jim was named Steelcase's senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. He joined Steelcase in 1981 and held a variety of sales and marketing positions in the company, including regional manager in Houston, Texas, in 1984 and director of national accounts from 1986 to 1990. Before joining Steelcase, Jim held sales and management positions at Procter & Gamble in Detroit, Michigan, from 1977 to 1981.
Jim serves on the board of directors for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Center for Arts and Technology, as well as the boards of advisors to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is a past president of the Institute of Design Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jim graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in general studies.
Nancy W. HickeySenior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Nancy W. Hickey is senior vice president, chief administrative officer for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.
Nancy was appointed to this position in November 2001 and has global responsibility for Corporate and Community Relations, Corporate and Employee Communications, Global Talent Management, Information Technology, Global Business Centers and Global Environmental Sustainability.
Previously, Nancy was senior vice president of Global Human Resources, with responsibility for human resource practices and processes that are universal to Steelcase locations worldwide. She was named vice president, Human Resources, in May 1999, responsible for overall development and administration of human resources policies, processes and programs for Steelcase Inc.
From 1994 to 1999, Nancy was vice president, Dealer and Customer Alliances, responsible for relationships with Steelcase's North American dealers and overall development of the dealer network.
In May 1997, Nancy also became responsible for the Steelcase Furniture Management Coalition (FMC), a Steelcase Inc. subsidiary that offers the outsourcing of furniture-related management activities through a nationwide network of service providers.
She joined Steelcase in 1986 as a district manager, where she was responsible for the sales of Steelcase furniture through Boston, Massachusetts and Northern New England dealers. In 1990, she was named regional manager and area sales director in Boston, Massachusetts.
Before joining Steelcase, Nancy worked at Philips Information Systems, in Dallas, Texas, from 1982 to 1985 and in Boston from 1985 to 1986. During that time, Nancy held positions as branch manager, national marketing support manager and assistant regional manager.
From 1978 to 1982, Nancy held a variety of sales and marketing positions for Exxon Office Systems working in New York, New York; Orange County, California; San Francisco, California; and Dallas, Texas.
Nancy earned a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in education from Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1973.
She is on the board of directors of Fifth Third Bank, Meijer Inc., Inforum Center for Leadership and WMCAT (West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology).
James P. KeanePresident and Chief Operating Officer
James P. Keane is president and chief operating officer and director of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. For over 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.
Appointed to this role in April 2013, Jim is responsible for the design, engineering and development, manufacturing, sales and distribution of all of our brands in the countries where we do business.
Previously Jim was chief operating officer for Steelcase, a role he was appointed to in November 2012. He also retained the leadership duties of his previous role as president of Steelcase Group (2006-2012), in which he had responsibility for the sales, marketing and product development activities of the Steelcase, Turnstone, PolyVision, Nurture and Details brands in the Americas (the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America) and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa).
Jim was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Steelcase Inc. from 2001 through 2006. Previously, Jim has also led corporate strategy, IT, Steelcase Design Partnership, and research and development since joining the company in 1997.
He serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation, IDEO, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA), the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation, the board of trustees of Grand Valley University Foundation, and the executive board of Design Futures Council.
Jim 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.
Lizbeth S. O'ShaughnessySenior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Lizbeth S. O'Shaughnessy is senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary at Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.
Named to this role in April 2011, Lizbeth expands on her previous role as vice president, chief legal officer and secretary (2007-11) with global leadership responsibility for all legal services and consultation advice necessary to support the company's global business and to provide research, review and active involvement in legal matters for various groups within the company. She also has responsibility for import/export customs compliance; corporate environmental performance; and corporate governance as the secretary of the board of directors.
Previously, Lizbeth was assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. Appointed assistant general counsel in 2000, she was responsible for providing legal services and consultation advice necessary to support the company's global business, and to research, review and be actively involved in various legal issues, including global antitrust/competition law and distribution matters, and all legal matters for parts of Europe, the Middle East and all of Latin America and Central America. She also had responsibility for corporate governance as the assistant secretary of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the board of directors during 2005 and 2006.
Lizbeth joined Steelcase in 1992 as corporate counsel and was promoted to senior corporate counsel in 1995 and then to assistant general counsel in 2000. She also spent two years as an expatriate in the Netherlands for Steelcase (August 2001 August 2003), during which time she was focused entirely on providing legal services to Steelcase International.
Prior to joining Steelcase, Lizbeth was employed from 1987 to 1992 at The Dow Chemical Company as an antitrust attorney.
Lizbeth earned her juris doctor degree from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1987. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Michigan State University in 1984.
Lizbeth is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.
David C. SylvesterSenior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
David C. Sylvester is senior vice president of Finance and chief financial officer for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.
Named to this role in April 2011, Dave expands on his previous role as vice president and chief financial officer (2006-2011) and also has responsibility for Global Facilities and Real Estate and Steelcase Aviation.
Previously, Dave was vice president, Operations Finance (March 2005 - October 2006), responsible for operations finance in North America and internationally. He also worked closely with the Supply Chain organization on product and process placement decisions and on implementing supply chain strategy around the world.
Dave began his Steelcase career in 1995 as manager, Financial Reporting and Planning. In 1998 he became director and assistant controller, Corporate Finance, for Steelcase Inc., primarily responsible for all internal and external financial reporting and analysis. During this time, Dave helped Steelcase Inc. with the transition to becoming a publicly traded company in 1998.
Dave then served as finance leader for Steelcase International (2001-2005), responsible for all finance related activities outside of the United States and Canada, including profitability analyses, EVA measurement, accounting and reporting, acquisition integration, as well as a variety of special projects.
Before joining Steelcase, Dave held several audit positions with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's of business administration in finance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on many of Steelcase's subsidiary and joint venture boards of directors.
Mar 27, 2013
Steelcase Reports Fourth Quarter Results