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Herman Miller executive team reshuffle

Tuesday 10 February 2009

Herman Miller, Inc., today announced it has realigned its management team in an effort to expand core customer relationships while also capitalizing on current market opportunities.

Brian Walker, Chief Executive Officer, stated, \"As my team and I have worked on managing through the current economic crisis, we have above all been intent on putting Herman Miller in the best possible position to move our business and strategy forward when conditions improve. Our view is that this crisis creates an opportunity to increase market share and strengthen our products and services.\" Today\'s realignment decision will let us leverage our existing executive leadership team in efforts to create a more dynamic and nimble organization that connects more strongly to our core customers.

The company\'s Chief Financial Officer, Curt Pullen, will now lead the North American Office and Learning business. Prior to serving as CFO, Pullen led the company\'s Distribution network, where he greatly strengthened relationships within the 250 dealer network, substantially improving productivity and revenue expansion potential. \"Curt\'s ability to think strategically and build consensus across a wide spectrum of employees and partners will be critical to driving our North American operations,\" commented Walker. As a result of this change, Kris Manos will be leaving the company to pursue other interests. \"Kris made a significant contribution to the business and I want to acknowledge that and thank her for her leadership. We wish her well with her next endeavors,\" Walker continued.

Greg Bylsma, the company\'s Corporate Controller for over four years, will replace Pullen as the new Chief Financial Officer. Bylsma has been a proven leader within the financial team at Herman Miller and has worked extensively within the financial management and reporting function.

Senior Vice President of Marketing Kathy Koch will now report directly to CEO Brian Walker. In her new role as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Koch will focus on strengthening and enhancing the Herman Miller brand across a wide range of purchasers, including corporate buyers and individual consumers.

A new strategic business unit has been established to drive greater revenues to the architecture, design, and retail segments. Building off a legacy of award-winning mid-century furniture designs, this new business unit will be focused on delivering more product offerings to individual buyers, interior designers, architects, and corporate buyers. This unit will be led by Steve Gane, President of Geiger International, Inc., a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc. Gane will add Herman Miller for the Home to his portfolio of responsibilities.

Walker explained, \"These moves put the right executives in the right positions to build brand and expand market share despite heavy economic headwinds. A challenging market like this creates many long-term opportunities for industry leaders such as Herman Miller, and we will continue striving to develop Herman Miller\'s vision as the innovative leader in creating a better world for our customers and our employees.\"

Its shares were down nearly 50 cents an hour before the market closed, at $11.695 on Nasdaq.

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