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Michael Merk, Director, Corporate Communications, Steelcase, Inc.

April 11, 2014

Michael Merk
Michael Merk is director of Corporate Communications for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase Inc. helps create great experiences – wherever work happens. Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations.

Appointed to this role in Apr. 2010, Michael is responsible for developing strategy for Steelcase’s corporate communications across all functional areas, including employee communications, public relations and investor relations.

Most recently, Michael was director of brand marketing at Turnstone and director of marketing with the Growth Initiatives team, relocating with his family from Strasbourg to Grand Rapids. In those roles Michael was responsible for the evolution of the Turnstone brand as well as for developing a brand strategy for Steelcase’s Growth Initiatives projects(Dec. 2008 – March 2010). From Aug. 2002 to Nov. 2008, Michael was creating the Steelcase brand experience and strategy for the Steelcase Brand in Europe, Middle East and Africa in various roles such as director External Communications.
Michael led the first Sustainable Initiatives teams for Steelcase in Europe, the European SRT and employee communications.

He started his Steelcase career Sept. 2000 in Rosenheim, Germany as director of Marketing Communications, preparing the ground for the Steelcase brand strategy in Germany.

Michael has extensive experience in the office furniture industry. Prior to joining Steelcase, Michael gained brand and communication experience in various roles with international office furniture brands. Michael started as an apprentice at the Samas brand Fortschritt in 1986, which he left 12 years later as marketing director and spokesman.

Born in Freiburg, Germany in 1966, Michael served the German Air Force for two years. He resides in Grand Rapids with his wife Brigitte and his son Maximilian.

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