Richard Haworth, who began his career with his father’s company 40 years ago at the age of 22, assumed chief executive officer duties last week following the abrupt departure of Robert Krasa, who joined the family-owned company less than two years ago after leaving the publicly held Dow Corning Corp.
The addition of CEO duties to
“It leaves a solid impression, internally and externally, that the Haworth family is in charge and the
The management change comes as Haworth Inc., like other players in the office furniture industry coming out of the deep three-year downturn, is transforming itself into a producer of complete workspaces, rather than furnishings. Krasa’s departure also comes just a few weeks after 12-year Haworth veteran Franco Bianchi was named chief operating officer for
At a time of transition, Richard Haworth’s return as CEO “puts somebody in the top position who obviously knows the inner workings of the company and knows the details,” Dunlap said.
The company’s only explanation for Krasa’s resignation and departure was that he wanted to retire to spend more time with his family and “pursue many interests.” Krasa was just the second non-family member to hold the CEO’s position, a role he took on after spending just a little more than a year at
Richard Haworth, the son of founder G.W. Haworth, gave up the CEO’s position in 1997 when Gerald Johanneson, a long-time
“He loves the business and he’s getting a little bit closer to it now and is committed to it,” Adamski said. “And he also has a strong and experienced executive team in place.”
The top management team, working as the Haworth Executive Office, now consists of Haworth as chairman and CEO, Bianchi as chief operating officer of Haworth North America and global vice president of product line management, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of International Sectors Calvin Kreuze, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Gary Scitthelm and Vice President of Global Human Resources Nancy Teutsch.
“This new, executive organization will enable us to move with singularity of purpose to achieve our strategies,”