Haworth CFO retiring; successor named

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John Mooney Courtesy Haworth

The chief financial officer at Haworth is retiring after 15 years of leadership and will be replaced by a longtime colleague.

The Holland-based furniture manufacturer said Wednesday that John Mooney is retiring in December and will be succeeded by Scott Poulton, a 21-year Haworth veteran.

The transition will take place gradually over the next few months.

Scott Poulton Courtesy Haworth

“John has been a valuable partner throughout my years as CEO, and I thank him for the important contributions he has made to Haworth. He has created a strong financial environment and been pivotal to accomplishing our business goals,” said Franco Bianchi, Haworth president and CEO. “I’m looking forward to Scott’s continuing leadership. His experience executing our global vision and strategy has been excellent preparation for this role.”

Poulton is assuming global finance responsibility while retaining existing responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, legal affairs and strategic ventures. With previous experience in the banking industry, he joined Haworth in 1999 as a business development analyst and manager, and has played a key role in the acquisitions and partnerships that have helped to transform the company. Poulton served several leadership roles on Haworth’s international finance team, including finance director for Europe and vice president of finance for North America.

Poulton also was instrumental in the creation and development of Bluescape. As CEO, he formed and led a team to build the company and bring the product to market as an important productivity tool for Haworth, dealer partners and key Fortune 500 brand customers. In 2017, Scott transitioned to the role of Bluescape executive chair, where he continues to oversee the strategy of this affiliated technology brand.

He holds an MBA in finance and international business strategy from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

During his tenure, Mooney led the global finance team in driving profitability through people, systems, controls and continuous improvements. Among other accomplishments, Mooney implemented better financial controls, was an active leader of the strategy process and guided overall corporate governance. He also was the executive sponsor for the global sustainability team as Haworth made strides in that department.

Mooney plans to stay active during his retirement by participating in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, a third stage in higher education designed to “unleash the potential of experienced leaders to help solve society’s most pressing challenges.”

Haworth

Founded by G.W. Haworth in 1948, Haworth is a family-owned global manufacturer in the contract office furnishings industry.

The company provides furniture, interior design and technology solutions designed with a focus on “organic workspaces that help people perform their best.”

It has 7,500 employees and 650 dealers in more than 120 countries.

Haworth reported $2.25 billion in global sales in 2019.

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