Walker was named president and COO of Herman Miller in 2003 and assumed the title of CEO in 2004. He had earlier served as president of Herman Miller North America (2000), overseeing the company’s core business operations for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Herman Miller, Inc. (1995), where he developed a strong team of finance professionals and an internationally respected finance organization. He previously held various financial management positions within Herman Miller’s international operations. Before joining Herman Miller, Inc., Walker worked as a CPA for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen.
“Brian’s financial acumen, his global business perspective and his years of strong leadership at Herman Miller provide him with the background and skills we need to lead Universal into the future. He will help us provide strong, knowledgeable guidance to the dynamic companies of Universal Forest Products,” said UFPI Chairman William G. Currie.
Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial.