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Furniture maker hires C-suite execs and legal counsel

February 20, 2019
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Herman Miller New York flagship store
Herman Miller's "flagship" store in New York. Courtesy Herman Miller/Nicholas Calcott

A furniture maker has made three key executive hires.

Andi Owen, president and CEO of Zeeland-based Herman Miller, said yesterday the company hired Megan Lyon as chief strategy officer, Leander LeSure as chief human resources officer and Jacqueline Rice as general counsel.

“The Herman Miller family of brands is evolving to create opportunities for the next generation, and Megan, Leander and Jackie will help shape our future by enhancing our ability to deliver on our mission to create inspiring designs to help people do great things,” Owen said.

Megan Lyon

As chief strategy officer, Lyon is responsible for developing Herman Miller’s enterprise strategy, including identifying and driving growth opportunities across the portfolio of brands and businesses. She will also serve as an advisor to the CEO and leadership team by helping to promote the success of individual business strategies and their alignment to the corporate strategy.

Prior to joining Herman Miller, Lyon was a partner and managing director in the San Francisco office of Boston Consulting Group.

She holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in managerial economics from the University of California-Davis.

Leander LeSure

As chief human resources officer, LeSure will lead all corporate HR functions while serving as an advisor to the leadership team, providing strategic counsel to align the company’s people strategies with its business objectives and corporate strategy.

LeSure comes to Herman Miller from Getty Images in New York City, where he was CHRO since 2016. He also held senior human resources leadership roles at Western Union and American Express.

LeSure is a U.S. Navy veteran. He holds a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management and a B.A. in industrial relations from Northern Kentucky University.

Jacqueline Rice

As general counsel, Rice will provide legal, risk and compliance counsel to Herman Miller.

Rice joined Target Corporation in Minneapolis in 2014 as the chief risk and compliance officer. Prior to Target, she spent almost two decades serving in a variety of legal roles at General Motors, most recently as senior counsel and chief compliance officer.

She holds a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a B.A. in political theory and constitutional democracy from Michigan State University.

Herman Miller

Founded in 1905, Herman Miller (Nasdaq: MLHR) is a global manufacturer of furnishings and offers related technologies and services.

In fiscal 2018, the company generated $2.38 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide.

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