Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker appointed to UFPI Board of Directors
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., JANUARY 29, 2015 – Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today announced that Brian Walker, president and chief executive officer of Herman Miller, Inc., was appointed to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Walker fills a tenth seat on the UFPI board.
Walker was named president and COO of Herman Miller in 2003 and assumed the title of chief executive officer in 2004. He had earlier served as president of Herman Miller North America (2000), overseeing the company’s core business operations for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Herman Miller, Inc. (1995), where he developed a strong team of finance professionals and an internationally respected finance organization. He previously held various financial management positions within Herman Miller’s international operations. Before joining Herman Miller, Inc., Walker worked as a CPA for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen.
“Brian’s financial acumen, his global business perspective and his years of strong leadership at Herman Miller provide him with the background and skills we need to lead Universal into the future. He will help us provide strong, knowledgeable guidance to the dynamic companies of Universal Forest Products,” said UFPI Chairman William G. Currie. “We are pleased he has joined our board and we look forward to his contributions to our efforts and our success.”
Brian serves on the Board of Directors for Briggs & Stratton Corporation and The Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research. He also serves on the board of The Right Place, Inc. of greater Grand Rapids, and has served as president of The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) and The Federal Reserve Bank of Detroit.
Walker is a graduate of Michigan State University. He lives in Holland, Mich., with his wife and their three children.