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      Brian Walker

      Partner, Strategic Leadership

      Brian plays a critical role in helping Huron Capital generate superior operating and financial performance within its portfolio companies. He is a thought-leader and hands-on resource providing both the business insights, and strategic direction, to portfolio company management teams necessary to create value within the private equity environment. Additionally, he provides management teams the guidance necessary to drive exceptional operational and financial performance, and assesses the effectiveness of those teams. He draws from his extensive executive experience to create operational transformations where needed, and provide the necessary leadership, mentoring and coaching skills to management teams.

      Experience

      As a seasoned and tenured executive, Brian has expertise in finance, international business, executive compensation, strategy development, and organizational and human resource matters. Prior to joining Huron Capital, Brian spent 29 years with Herman Miller, Inc. (“Herman Miller”), most recently as its Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2018. Prior to serving as CEO, Brian served in multiple senior-level executive roles, including President, Chief Operating Officer, President of Herman Miller North America, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice President. Before joining Herman Miller, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. In addition to his numerous board affiliations noted below, Brian also served as a Director of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, President of The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA), and Director of Business Leaders for Michigan.

      Education

      Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Michigan State University.

      Board Affiliations

      Brian serves as a Director of Universal Forest, Director of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Director of Briggs & Stratton Corporate, and Director of Gentex Corporation.

      He also serves as a Trustee of Davenport University and Director of The Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa.

      Fun Fact About Brian

      Brian is a 5th belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate. He is an avid Cyclist and is a work out junky. He is a huge Michigan Spartan fan. He and his wife, Colleen, have a Spartan son and two Wolverine Daughters. He says the house is united, but we have two defectors!