Brian Walker to Retire from Herman Miller

Brian Walker. Image courtesy Herman Miller.

Herman Miller President and CEO Brian Walker has announced that he will retire from the company this August after nearly 30 years. Walker, who helmed the Zeeland, Michigan-based furniture manufacturer for 14 years, will remain with the company until a successor is determined.

“Now is the right time to transition the company to its next generation of leadership,” Walker said in a statement. “Over the past 10 years, we have been relentlessly focused on expanding our addressable market and developing the building blocks necessary to navigate the changes we predicted would impact the core office furniture marketplace. Our Living Office strategy has repositioned the company to lead in this new workplace era, and we have significantly expanded our potential for long-term growth by developing a strong global footprint and moving beyond the office to help people create inspiring places to heal, learn and live. Our global network of contract dealers, retail studios and e-commerce is unique and provides a significant competitive advantage.”

“His deep commitment and remarkable leadership have enabled Herman Miller to become the global industry leader it is today. During Brian’s tenure, Herman Miller has become a lean enterprise that keeps its promises and strives to improve each and every day,” added Herman Miller Executive Chairman Michael Volkema. “With Brian’s assistance, the board will conduct a comprehensive search to identify the next president and CEO, and we are committed to ensuring a smooth transition.”