Corporate Governance

BOARD OF DIRECTORS + CONTACT

Contact the Board

Contact the Board of Directors

If you want to contact our Board of Directors, or any of its members or committees, you may do so by sending a letter addressed to them:

c/o Lizbeth S. O'Shaughnessy, Secretary
Steelcase Inc.
P.O. Box 1967
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-1967

All letters will be opened by the corporate secretary. Any contents that are not advertising, promotions of a product or service or patently offensive material will be forwarded promptly to the addressee. In the case of communications to the Board or any committee or group of directors, the corporate secretary will make sufficient copies of the contents and send them to each director who is a member of the committee or group to which the envelope is addressed.

Reporting Complaints or Concerns

If you have a complaint or concern about Steelcase's accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, or would like to make a good faith report concerning violations of the Steelcase Inc. Code of Business Conduct or the Steelcase Inc. Code of Ethics for Chief Executive and Senior Financial Officers, you may:

  • call 1-800-437-6167 in the United States, Canada or Mexico,
  • call collect 704-943-1134 from outside the United States or
  • go to compliance-helpline.com to make an online report.

Additional contact numbers for countries outside the United States can also be found in the Steelcase Inc. Code of Business Conduct.

You can choose to remain anonymous when using any of the above means of contact. If you choose to file a report, you will be given a tracking number so you can check back on the status of the report confidentially.

Sara E. Armbruster

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Sara E. Armbruster

President and Chief Executive Officer, Steelcase Inc. 

Sara Armbruster is the President and CEO of Steelcase Inc., the company trusted by organizations around the world to create inspiring, productive, adaptable, and safe workplaces. 

In addition to her role on the company’s board of directors, Sara brings executive experience from several positions to the office of CEO, which she assumed in October 2021. Most recently, she served as executive vice president of Steelcase and, before that, as vice president, strategy, research and digital transformation. As leader of this group, Sara was responsible for advancing digital technologies and digital transformation at Steelcase. This included leadership of the Steelcase Smart and Connected business, which focuses on augmenting performance through offerings that integrate intelligence into the workplace, as well as leadership of the IT organization.  

Sara also has had responsibility for a range of innovation activities including global design research, the design and implementation of new business models, and the development of external growth opportunities, including acquisitions and partnerships. ln addition, in past roles Sara has had oversight for the company’s Applied Research + Consulting practice, Steelcase Health, Steelcase Education and the PolyVision subsidiary, which Steelcase divested in 2019.  

Before joining Steelcase, Sara served as vice president of business development at Banta Corporation, a publicly traded global printing and supply chain services company based in Menasha, Wisconsin. ln that role, she led strategy development and managed all merger and acquisition activity. Sara also worked for McKinsey & Company in Boston, Massachusetts and Andersen Consulting in New York, New York. Her consulting experience spanned industries and included work in North America, Europe and Asia.  

Sara currently serves on the board of directors of Winnebago Industries. She also sits on the board of overseers of the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as the boards of Fifth Third West Michigan, Blandford Nature Center and the West Michigan Youth Ballet.  

Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; a master’s degree in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.; and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Committees

Member, Executive Committee

Timothy C. E. Brown

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Timothy C. E. Brown

Executive Chair, IDEO

Tim Brown is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

Tim Brown is currently the executive chair of IDEO, a global innovation and design firm. In this role, Tim asks what’s next for design while championing its interdisciplinary, multi-faceted nature. He was previously CEO and president of IDEO (2000-2019), focused on bringing human-centered design to public and private sector organizations.

Tim serves on the board of trustees of IDEO.org, serves on the Mayo Clinic Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen, a non-profit global venture focused on improving the lives of the poor. In addition, he chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Creative Economy. Tim’s writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Economist and other prominent publications. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change by Design, was released by HarperBusiness in September 2009.

The recipient of numerous design awards, Tim has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He holds an M.A. from the Royal College of Art and a B.A. from Northumbria University.

Committees

Chair, Corporate Business Development Committee
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Nominating + Corporate Governance Committee

Connie K. Duckworth

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Connie K. Duckworth

Retired; formerly Partner and Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Connie K. Duckworth is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry.  Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work.  Its comprehensive portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products designed to support social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Connie is a retired partner and managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20-year career.  She is a trustee of Equity Residential and a director of MP Materials.  She also serves as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

Connie is currently a director and the past chairman of the board of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, the first woman to have held this position.  She is a past chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of leading women entrepreneurs and corporate business executives in the U.S.  She is also the author of The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World (Basic Books 2003), a primer on how to start a business.

The recipient of numerous awards, Connie was named a 2008 Skoll Foundation honoree for Social Entrepreneurship.  She holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas.

Committees

Chair, Nominating + Corporate Governance Committee
Member, Compensation Committee
Member, Executive Committee

James P. Keane

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James P. Keane

Vice Chair, Steelcase Inc. 

Jim Keane served as president and CEO of Steelcase from 2014 – 2021 and was pivotal in evolving the company into a globally integrated enterprise offering furniture, architectural and technological solutions to leading organizations around the world. He transitioned to vice chair in October and will retire in January 2022 after twenty-five years with the company.

Prior to CEO, Jim served in numerous positions, including leading research and development, corporate strategy, IT and finance. He became the president of Steelcase Group in 2006 and chief operating officer in 2012. Prior to joining Steelcase, he was the senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, for five years. He earned a bachelor of science degree from University of Illinois and a Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University.

Committees

Member, Executive Committee

Todd P. Kelsey

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Todd P. Kelsey

President and Chief Executive Officer of Plexus Corp.

Todd P. Kelsey is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

Todd is currently president and chief executive officer of Plexus Corp., the leader in providing electronics design, manufacturing and aftermarket services to companies in mid-to-low volume, higher complexity markets. In his role, Todd is focused on creating long-term shareholder value and ensuring Plexus’ strategy is broadly understood and its core values embraced.

Todd serves on the board of directors of Plexus and, prior to his current role, held positions in engineering, strategy, finance, customer service and operations. He served for seven years on the Dean’s Advisory Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Todd holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Committees

Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Corporate Business Development Committee
Member, Executive Committee

Jennifer C. Niemann

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Jennifer C. Niemann

President and Chief Executive Officer, Forward Space, LLC

Jenny Niemann is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

Jenny is president, chief executive officer and owner of Forward Space, an independent Steelcase dealership in Chicago. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of the company and for providing guidance and leadership in support of client needs.

Prior to her role with Forward Space, Jenny was chief executive officer of Red Thread, a Steelcase dealership in New England. In 2011, she led the acquisition and integration of three dealerships that merged to form Red Thread.

Before establishing Red Thread, Jenny spent 20 years with Steelcase in various leadership positions. She was responsible for the continued development of the Steelcase dealer network in North America and also held roles in marketing, product development, information technology and operations. Jenny began her career with Accenture (Andersen Consulting), where she advised businesses on the design, test and implementation of information systems.

Jenny serves as a trustee on the board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business and B.A. degrees in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Committees

Member, Corporate Business Development Committee

Robert C. Pew III

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Robert C. Pew III

Chair of the Board of Directors, Steelcase Inc.; Private Investor

Robert C. Pew III is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

Now a private investor, Rob served as president of Steelcase North America from May 1990 to March 1994. In that capacity, he was responsible for all sales, marketing and manufacturing operations involving Steelcase-brand products.

Rob originally joined Steelcase in Grand Rapids in 1974 as a product standards engineer in the Chair Plant. In 1975, he was named a wage and salary administrator in the Human Resources department. In 1976, Rob became an employee relations manager, responsible for the Desk Plant and, later, the File Plant. In 1977, he was promoted to superintendent of the File Plant.

Rob was named plant manager of the Steelcase facility in Fletcher, North Carolina, in 1979. He held that post until 1984, when he left the company to become one of its independent dealers, eventually owning and operating Steelcase dealerships in Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1988, Rob returned to Steelcase in Grand Rapids as vice president and assistant to the president. He was named executive vice president, Steelcase operations, in 1989.

Rob’s activities in the not-for-profit world have included a term as president of Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina and various roles within United Way, including chair of the Community Planning and Allocation Process of the Buncombe County United Way and overall campaign chair of United Way of Western Michigan. Rob has also served as chair of the Asheville Downtown Commission and campaign chair for the Pack Place Arts and Science Center. Rob is a former trustee of Grand Valley State University and was formerly board chair of the Institute of Design in Chicago.

Rob earned a bachelor of science degree in social studies from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Committees

Chair, Executive Committee

Cathy D. Ross

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Cathy D. Ross

Retired; formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Federal Express Corporation

Cathy D. Ross is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its comprehensive portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products designed to support social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Cathy retired from FedEx in July 2014, where she was executive vice president and chief financial officer for FedEx Express, the largest FedEx operating company and the world’s largest express transportation company. Her responsibilities included all aspects of the company’s worldwide financial affairs, including financial planning, reporting and analysis, revenue and disbursement accounting and control functions, as well as long-range strategic planning. Cathy also oversaw the FedEx Express business systems and sourcing functions. She managed almost 3,000 professionals throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, Canada and Latin America.

Cathy joined FedEx in 1984 as a senior financial analyst. She is a five-time recipient of the FedEx Express Five Star Award, the company’s top employee honor. In 2005, 2007 and 2009 she also received the FedEx Express CEO Five Star Award in further recognition of her numerous outstanding contributions to the business. During her tenure at FedEx Express, she was involved in the global operations of all major portions of the business including mergers and acquisitions, large capitol deployment, labor contract negotiations and long-range aircraft type decisions.

Prior to joining FedEx, Cathy worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a cost analyst and cost analysis supervisor (1982-1984) and for Buckeye Cellulose Corporation (a subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble) as an accounting supervisor and staff accountant (1978-1982).

Cathy serves on the board of directors of Ball Corporation, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and on the board of trustees of Christian Brothers University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity.

Cathy holds an accounting degree from Christian Brothers University and an M.B.A. from the University of Memphis. She was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Memphis and the Women of Excellence Award from the Memphis Tri-State Defender. In addition, she was named among the “25 Rising Women of Finance” by JPMorgan Chase/Treasury & Risk Management, the “50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business” by Black Enterprise, and “CFO Thought Leader” by Booz Allen.

Committees

Chair, Compensation Committee
Member, Audit Committee
Member, Executive Committee

Catherine C. B. Schmelter

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Catherine C. B. Schmelter

Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer of TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

Catherine “Triona” C. B. Schmelter is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

Triona is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of packaged food and beverages. In her role, Triona is focused on how TreeHouse can build capabilities across enterprise-wide resources, including distribution and logistics, sourcing and digital technology to accelerate growth for the future and capture savings. She has more than two decades of deep experience in branding, sales and marketing, R&D, innovation, business strategy and finance. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Triona held a variety of management and leadership roles at Kraft Foods and General Mills, and she began her career with Arthur Anderson, serving clients in healthcare, manufacturing and retail industries.

Triona earned an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA in Art History and Accounting from The University of Notre Dame.

COMMITTEES

Member, Compensation Committee
Member, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Peter M. Wege II

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Peter M. Wege II

President, Moodoos Inc.

Peter M. Wege II is a member of the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its comprehensive portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products designed to support social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Peter is currently President of Moodoos Inc., a family-owned investment firm, and a member of the board of directors of Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited. Additionally, he invests in, consults with and serves on the boards of several start-up companies.

Peter joined Steelcase in 1981 as liaison manager of European operations, based at corporate headquarters. In 1982, he was named executive vice president of Steelcase Canada, then president later that year.

Prior to joining Steelcase, Peter was manager of chemical manufacturing at Eli Lilly & Company from 1975 to 1981.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Peter is a member of the Wege Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Peter received a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He also earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Committees

Member, Audit Committee
Member, Corporate Business Development Committee

Linda K. Williams

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Linda K. Williams

Vice President, Global Head of Go-to-Market Finance, Google Cloud, of Google LLC.

Linda Williams is a member of the Board of Directors of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its comprehensive portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products designed to support social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Linda is currently Vice President, Global Head of Go-to-Market Finance, Google Cloud, of Google LLC. In her role, she is focused on all financial aspects of the GTM, marketing and services business for Google Cloud including revenue management, financial planning, reporting and analysis, investment analysis, pricing and control functions, as well as long-range strategic planning.

Linda previously held a broad range of leadership roles across Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. These roles included Senior Vice President, HPE Products and Services Chief Financial Officer where she managed the financial performance of the Compute, Storage, HPC/MCS and Pointnext Services division with annual revenue of $19B+ and corresponding margin, operating expenses and profit; Chief Audit Executive and Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and in this role she developed an Enterprise Risk Management program to identify and mitigate potential strategic, financial and cybersecurity risks for the company; and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, HPE Pointnext Services Division, offering executive governance for all business finance, while leading the execution of a major transformation plan for the business. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President and CFO of the HP Americas Enterprise Group and Vice President of Finance for HP Storage Division.

Linda’s career reflects a demonstrated track record in leading successful, large-scale transformation initiatives, optimizing financial management processes in complex, global business environments and executing both domestic and global M&A transactions. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Linda led a Women’s Development Program at HPE and served as the executive sponsor for its HPE International Women’s Day Event.

Linda received a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Committees

Member, Audit Committee
Member, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Kate Pew Wolters

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Kate Pew Wolters

Philanthropist; President, KRW Foundation; Chair, Steelcase Foundation

Kate Pew Wolters is a member of the Board of Directors of Steelcase Inc., and chair of the Steelcase Foundation, an endowed corporate foundation of Steelcase Inc. Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry, delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its comprehensive portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products designed to support social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Kate was appointed chair of the Steelcase Foundation upon her leaving the post of executive director of the Steelcase Foundation in October 1996. The Steelcase Foundation was established in 1951 as a private, independent foundation to make grants to non-profit organizations that empower people to reach their full potential.

Kate also serves as president of the KRW Foundation. Founded in 1997 by Kate and her late husband, Richard, this private foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations with an emphasis in the arts, social justice, and disability.

Kate was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Council on Disability in 1994 and was reconfirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1996. For eight of her nine years on the council, she served as its vice chair.

Kate currently serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the ACLU of Michigan, DisArt and First Steps Early Childhood Commission. She also serves as a member of the board of the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund, a foundation established by her parents that addresses public education in Palm Beach County, Florida and as a member of the board of trustees of Grand Valley State University and the Grand Valley University Foundation.

Kate holds a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.

She has received honorary doctorates from Aquinas College, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University (1994), Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids (1997), YWCA Tribute Award (1997), and the Women of Achievement and Courage Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation (2001).

Committees

Member, Compensation Committee
Member, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee