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Flexsteel Industries Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Upholstery and case goods resource Flexsteel Industries, said that Jeanne McGovern, a 40-year audit and advisory veteran, has been elected to the board of directors.
 

McGovern will also serve on the Board’s Audit & Ethics Committee. The company also said that long-time board member Eric S. Rangen plans to retire following the December 2022 board meeting.

“I’m honored to welcome Jeanne to our board of directors,” said Chairman Thomas M. Levine. “Her expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, strategic business model transformation, financing transactions, and other risks facing multinational companies will be invaluable as we execute our plan to better serve our customers, generate profitable growth, and improve shareholder returns.”

He continued, “Jeanne’s background and experience gives us confidence that she will be a great addition to our board.”

Flexsteel CEO Jerry Dittmer added, “I am excited to have Jeanne join the Flexsteel Board of Directors. She has a distinct set of skills and experiences that will help us continue executing a winning strategy to accelerate the potential of Flexsteel.”

“Her background and experience in corporate governance will be a valuable asset to our board. I’m looking forward to her guidance and working closely with her.”

“Flexsteel has been fortunate to have a director of the caliber of Eric Rangen,” said Chairman Levine. “His extensive background in accounting, finance, corporate governance, operations and human resources, and his global vision, have been great assets for Flexsteel.”

“We have valued his leadership and insights over the past twenty years.” Levine concluded, “We will miss his guidance and counsel, but we owe him our gratitude for the significant contributions he has made to the company.”

Rangen, President and Chairman of LTC Reinsurance PCC, a protected cell captive insurance company, joined the Flexsteel board in June 2002. He served as Chair of the Audit & Ethics Committee for eight years, and as a member of that committee from December 2019 to present. He was Board Chair from December 2016 to December 2018 and has served on the Compensation Committee.

“I’ve enjoyed serving on Flexsteel’s board. My retirement is not a result of any concerns I have with the board or management, but rather to shift my focus to my family and other personal interests,” Rangen said. “I’m confident Flexsteel has the right skillsets in place to support the Company’s growth strategy and shareholder value creation.”

McGovern is a retired partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international firm that provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax services. During her tenure from 1980 to 2020, she had leadership responsibilities over audits of global companies in a wide range of industries and demonstrated expertise in financial reporting and internal controls. She also has significant experience with strategic acquisitions and divestitures, initial public offerings, and debt financing and refinancing transactions.

McGovern is a director and chair of the audit committee and member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of Huntsman Corporation, a Fortune 500 specialty chemical manufacturer headquartered in Houston, Texas. McGovern has also served on several not-for profit boards.

Flexsteel’s board has been especially busy in recent weeks following an August buyout offer from CSC Generation Holdings for $20.80 per share. The board unanimously rejected the unsolicited offer in early September, saying it was not in the best interests of the company.



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