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Jim Keane named COO at Steelcase

October 30, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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Jim Keane named COO at Steelcase
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Steelcase has announced the promotion of Jim Keane to chief operating officer.

His new global role at the largest office furniture maker in the U.S. comes after Keane was president of the Steelcase Group in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was chief financial officer and the head of research and development.

“The global business environment is changing at a rapid pace,” said James P. Hackett, CEO. “It's crucial that Steelcase accelerate the implementation of its current strategic plan, while also staying ahead of the trends that are shaping the future state of our business.”

As chief operating officer, Keane will be responsible for the design, engineering, development, manufacturing, sales and distribution of the company’s brands in nearly 160 countries. Steelcase makes furniture for corporate offices, health care and education.

Prior to joining Steelcase, Keane was a consultant with McKinsey and Co. for five years and held positions with Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co. and Motorola Inc. He has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, and a master’s in management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Steelcase is a publicly traded company with fiscal 2012 revenue of $2.75 billion.

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