Chair - Compensation Committee
Director since October 2008. Mr. Askren has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2004, and President since 2003. Previously, he was Executive Vice President with HNI Corporation from 2001-2003. With sales of approximately $2.5 billion, HNI Corporation is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of gas- and wood-burning fireplaces. He has worked in several industries and has held multiple executive management and general management positions with Emerson Electric, Thomson S.A. and HNI Corporation. Mr. Askren serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA). He is active in numerous local and civic organizations and boards. Mr. Askren received his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa, an MBA from Washington University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.