From Home Furnishing Business
Herman Miller Taps Andi Owen as President and CEO
Global design and furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) has announced the election of Andi Owen to its Board of Directors, succeeding Brian C. Walker as the company’s next president and CEO, effective Aug. 22.
Owen will join Herman Miller after a 25-year career at Gap Inc., where she most recently served as global president of Banana Republic, leading 11,000 employees in over 600 stores across 27 countries. The appointment is part of a previously-announced leadership succession planning process.
"We are deeply grateful to Brian for his leadership and many achievements during his long career with Herman Miller,” said Michael A. Volkema, chairman of the board at Herman Miller. “The Company remains focused on the strategy Brian put in place, which has collectively grown the business, expanded our multi-channel capabilities, and accelerated the Company's positive momentum."
"Under Andi's leadership, the business will seize opportunities that will lead to growth in new markets for both contract and consumer customers. Andi has the right gifts, talents, and expertise to accomplish this mission. She understands how to realize the potential of a brand amidst changing customer preferences and habits. We are thrilled to welcome her onboard," added Volkema.
Over her tenure at Gap Inc., Owen’s career spanned many verticals and brands within the business. She has developed a diversified skillset that ranges from digital and omni-channel transformation to design, product development, and supply chain management.
"I am confident in Andi and her abilities. She had a long and successful track record across Gap's portfolio of brands, and I am excited to see where her vision and leadership will take the iconic Herman Miller brand in the future," said Art Peck, president and CEO of Gap Inc.
Her accomplishments include developing new "digital first" growth strategies, introducing innovative marketing and new customer acquisition strategies, and driving global expansion in key markets. Owen achieved impressive results with a focus on building people-first teams.
"Herman Miller is only just beginning to scratch the surface of our addressable market opportunity. Andi's experience driving results as a seasoned leader, coupled with our outstanding leadership team, will take our family of brands to the next level,” said Walker. “This is an exciting time for the Company, and I look forward to working with Andi on a seamless transition."
Owen serves on the boards of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC), Goal Five, and First Place for Youth, a nonprofit supporting foster children. She holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
"Herman Miller has a reputation for being the best in the business. It is a privilege to lead the Company and continue the evolution of its world class portfolio of brands,” said Owen. “I'm excited to work with the management team and the broader organization to build upon the legacy of innovation and design excellence that is at the heart of Herman Miller."