News & Events

Berges Lecture Series

James Hackett, CEO, Steelcase Corporation

September 9, 2013

James Hackett
James P. Hackett is chief executive officer and director of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. For 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations – wherever work happens. Steelcase and our family of brands – including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®, Nurture®, PolyVision® and Turnstone® – offer a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings, products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including approximately 670 dealers. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2013 revenue of $2.9 billion.

Jim oversees all operations of Steelcase Inc., including domestic and international operations.

Jim was named chief executive officer of Steelcase Inc. in December 1994 and also served as president from 1994 to April 2013. In August 1994, Jim was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Steelcase North America.
In April 1994, Jim was named executive vice president of Steelcase Ventures. He was responsible for the design and development of products for non-contract furniture industry customers in addition to developing new company opportunities.

In August 1993, Jim was named president of Turnstone, a Steelcase company created exclusively to meet the office furnishing needs of small businesses and home offices. The Turnstone model, designed to service new ways in which people do their work, was unique in the contract furniture industry.

In 1990, Jim was named Steelcase's senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. He joined Steelcase in 1981 and held a variety of sales and marketing positions in the company, including regional manager in Houston, Texas, in 1984 and director of national accounts from 1986 to 1990. Before joining Steelcase, Jim held sales and management positions at Procter & Gamble in Detroit, Mich., from 1977 to 1981.

Jim serves on the boards of directors for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Center for Arts and Technology, as well as the boards of advisors to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is a past president of the Institute of Design Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Born April 22, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio, Jim received his bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in 1977. He and his family live in Grand Rapids, Mich.

<< Back to Berges Lecture Series Listing