Michael Volkema

Former Chief Executive Officer at Herman Miller Inc

Michael Volkema

Michael Volkema

Former Chief Executive Officer at Herman Miller Inc


Currently, Michael A. Volkema is Non-Executive Chairman of Herman Miller, Inc. He is also on the board of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., Milliken & Co., Inc. and Business Committee for the Arts, Inc.

Career Highlights

Herman Miller Inc

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Principal Financial Group, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Vermeer Corp.

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Partner at Huron Capital Partners LLC

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Chief Executive Officer, Director at Burger King Corporation

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Chief Financial & Administrative Officer at Ryan Companies US, Inc.

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Former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President at Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

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President, North America Contract at Herman Miller Inc

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Milliken & Co., Inc.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Herman Miller Inc

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Founding Partner at SHVMS, LLC

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Michael Volkema
Former Chief Executive Officer at Herman Miller Inc
Career History
Chief Executive Officer
1995 - Current

Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design. Since then, we’ve collaborated with some of the most outstanding designers in the world, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.5, Yves Béhar, Doug Ball, and many talented others. Today, in addition to our classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. A publicly held company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, we have manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries. We operate through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Geiger International, and independently owned dealerships. All of them work to design and build a better world around you

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By combining science with design and insights, Milliken tackles the issues and concerns of today. Every day, our community of innovators is invigorated by the challenge of finding creative ways to enhance people's lives and make the world around us easier, safer, more sustainable and more beautiful. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents - and more than 5,000 patents worldwide - since our founding in 1865. With 39 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France and China, and with other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's nearly 7,000 associates work to create entirely new customer experiences, build for the future and create products that do good for the world.

2008 - 2008

Champion Enterprises, Inc. builds residential and commercial modular homes. It produces and sells factory-built housing in the United States and western Canada. The company produces steel-framed modular buildings in the United Kingdom for uses such as prisons, military accommodations, hotels, residential units, and other commercial applications. It also designs, manufactures and construct permanent multi-story buildings using off-site modular construction. The company was founded in 1953 by Walter W. Clark and Henry E. George and is headquartered in Troy, MI.


Applebee's International, Inc. develops franchises and operates restaurants. The firm provides food and beverage products which include traditional favorites and signature dishes. It also offers beer, wine, liquor, and specialty drinks. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Glendale, CA.

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Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to Kingdom of the Netherlands at United States Department of State


Former Member of the Board of Commissioners at County of Kent (Michigan)


Representative from Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District

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