Kimball appoints Mike Wagner as VP, general manager for Kimball Office; Wagner was most recently senior VP of sales and marketing with OFS Brands
October 21, 2013
– Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) today announced the hiring and appointment of Mike Wagner to the position of Vice President, General Manager for Kimball Office. Wagner will assume responsibility for the entire Kimball Office organization, including support and oversight of strategic direction, goals and growth objectives.
The appointment follows an exhaustive national search that generated considerable interest in the position by leading industry executives. Wagner’s appointment reflects Kimball’s desire to strengthen its leadership ranks with the addition of individuals with shared values yet offer diverse perspectives.
Don Van Winkle, President, Office Furniture Group and Vice President, Kimball International, announced the appointment, stating, “I am pleased that Mike has joined the Kimball Office team. His leadership abilities extend beyond sales and marketing. Mike is a thought leader and very passionate about our industry. He will challenge conventional thinking.”
Commenting on his new position, Wagner said, “For many years I’ve had respect and admiration for Kimball International. It’s an honor to join the team and to be given this opportunity to lead Kimball Office into the future.”
Wagner has a strong background in the office furniture industry and brings over 13 years of experience and comprehensive leadership in sales and sales management, marketing, strategic planning and guiding the cultural evolution of organizations. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing with OFS Brands. His previous experience includes international sales management and ownership of an independent representative group based inChicago.
Kimball International President and CEO, Jim Thyen, noted his confidence in Wagner’s appointment, saying, “I’ve been impressed by Mike’s views on strategic thinking and leadership. He possesses an ability to engage people and build relationships, partnerships for mutual success. I am confident that he will leverage his market knowledge, his leadership skills and his passion to win for the Kimball Office team.”
Wagner graduated from Indiana State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in business. Throughout his career, he has continued his personal and professional development through a myriad of programs and involvement in various professional associations. He and his wife Jennifer and their family reside in Jasper, Indiana.
About Kimball Office:
Kimball Office has been transforming workspaces for over 40 years with an ever widening breadth of relevant, sustainable office furniture solutions. As one of America’s most respected, environmentally-conscious contract office furniture manufacturers, they provide architects, designers, facility managers and employers with open plan system solutions, both modern and classic desking and a range of seating options. The company is a brand unit of Kimball International Inc., (NASDAQ: KBALB), a$1.2 billion publicly-traded company headquartered in Jasper, Indiana.
Learn more how Kimball Office is changing workspaces by visiting www.kimballoffice.com
About Kimball International:
Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company’s success through personal, professional and financial growth.
Kimball International, Inc.(NASDAQ: KBALB) provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries, sold under the Company’s family of brand names.
To learn more about Kimball International, Inc., visit the Company’s website on the Internet at: www.kimball.com
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