Stan Askren will share his career experiences and his perspective gained across multiple industries, companies, functions and roles on his path to becoming the Chairman, President and CEO of HNI Corporation. HNI is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States, the global leader in the hearth industry and one of the leading Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa.
The lecture will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesday January 31, 2017 in 1148 Gerdin Business Building, Stark Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public.
“We created the CEO Speaker Series with one goal in mind,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “We want to get CEOs in front of our business students so they can share their path to the top. Many business students never meet a CEO until later in their careers. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to not only hear about the path to CEO, but also have a chance to ask the CEO questions.”
The college plans to have at least one CEO Speaker Series event each semester.
Askren, 56, is the fourth Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in the 60-plus year history of HNI Corporation. Since joining HNI Corporation in 1992, Askren has held a variety of senior leadership positions within the company, including Vice President of Marketing, Executive Vice President, and President of the Corporation’s hearth business. He has worked in the corporation’s office furniture business as a Group Vice President of The HON Company and President of Allsteel Inc. He also served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Executive Vice President of the corporation.
Before joining HNI, Askren held management positions at Emerson Electric Co. and Thomson, S.A. He also serves as a director on two companies: Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of ceiling systems, and Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles.
Askren grew up in Cedar Rapids and has lived in Muscatine for the past 30 years. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from Washington University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
The College of Business is an AACSB-accredited, doctoral-granting program that ranks in the top 50 undergraduate and top 40 graduate programs among public universities. Less than 6 percent of all business schools world-wide have received AACSB accreditation.
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