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Jim Keane

President and CEO
of Steelcase Inc.


Jim Keane is President and CEO of Steelcase Inc, the global leader in the office furniture industry. He has helped Steelcase evolve from a manufacturer to a partner that helps create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations -- wherever work happens.
After a 17-year Steelcase career, Jim was appointed as CEO in March 2014. He is only the ninth person to lead the company in its 103-year history. Founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase today is a $3.1 billion company with factories and sales offices around the world.  
Jim gained broad exposure to the business through a variety of leadership roles at Steelcase. At various times, he led research and development, corporate strategy and IT, and served as Steelcase’s chief financial officer.  Prior to becoming CEO, he led the sales and marketing functions for the Steelcase brand, which has posted market share gains for three consecutive years.
Jim serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation and IDEO.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois, and a Master's in Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.