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.
Mike Wagner, Vice President, General Manager for Kimball Office (Photo: Business Wire)
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 in Chicago. 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.”