Kimball International, Inc. announced that Kristine (Kristie) L. Juster, a member of the Kimball International Board of Directors since 2016, has been appointed chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2018. Juster succeeds Bob Schneider, who previously announced his intent to retire as CEO and Chairman effective October 31, 2018. Juster comes to Kimball International with over 20 years of experience as a global executive at Newell Brands. During her tenure at Newell Brands she held the role of CEO/President of the Home Décor Segment with the design driven brands, Levelor and Kirsh; the Culinary Lifestyle Segment with Calphalon, a premier brand known for design innovation; and, the Global Writing Segment with a wide variety of market leading brands such as Sharpie and Expo. Throughout her career, she has driven significant growth for the businesses and has led through brand innovation, distribution channel expansion including e-commerce, and a global mindset. Juster has a proven track record of scaling growth strategies, while preserving the core values that are critical to the long-term sustainability of a business.
Kimball International creates design driven, innovative furnishings sold through a family of brands: Kimball, National, and Kimball Hospitality. Their diverse portfolio offers solutions for the workplace, learning, healing and hospitality environments.