3.6.2004: Meldung: Herman Miller, Inc.: Leader of the Principal Financial Group Named to Herman Miller Board of Directors

Leader of the Principal Financial Group Named to Herman Miller Board of Directors
Wednesday June 2, 2:37 pm ET

ZEELAND, Mich., June 2 / -- J. Barry Griswell will join the Herman Miller (Nasdaq: MLHR - News) Board of Directors at the next quarterly meeting of the board on July 26 and 27, 2004.

Griswell is the Chairman, President and CEO of the Principal Financial Group, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and serving more than 15.6 million customers worldwide from offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has led the company through a period of dramatic growth and a successful initial public offering. The Principal Financial Group is a member of the Fortune 500 and has $149.8 billion in assets under management. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG.

Griswell has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining The Principal, he served as President and CEO of MetLife Marketing Corporation.

A native of Atlanta, Griswell graduated in 1971 from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He earned a master"s degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He is a board member of the American Council of Life Insurers, the American Council for Capital Formation and the Business Roundtable. He is the president of the Federation of Iowa Insurers, and Chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

In 2004, Griswell received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding contributions to American Society. In 2003, Griswell was named a Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award winner, and he has been inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. He lives in Des Moines with his wife, Michele Irwin Griswell.

Herman Miller provides complete solutions that help create great places to work. Through research, design, manufacture, and distribution of innovative interior furnishings, complemented by furniture management and strategic consulting services, the company serves organizations and individuals around the world. During fiscal 2003, Herman Miller"s award-winning products and services generated $1.34 billion in revenue. The company was also again named among Business Ethics magazine"s "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was the recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution"s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2004, Herman Miller was cited in Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry-for the sixteenth time in the 18 years the industry has been included in the annual survey of industry executives, board members and independent analysts. Notably, for the key attribute of "innovation," the company was ranked fourth among all companies surveyed. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit http://HermanMiller.com .

Source: Herman Miller, Inc.
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