Kris Manos is a seasoned executive with experience leading business-to-business, design-driven manufacturing companies. As President of both Wilsonart and Herman Miller, she grew revenue and enhanced profitability through her unique strength in clarifying strategy, building healthy culture, and honing execution skills. Her cross-functional experience in marketing, product development, manufacturing, finance and distribution lets her quickly assess a company and be a catalyst for lasting, positive change.
Kris is an active director of public, private and employee-owned companies, as well as non-profit organizations. She believes that strong governance is the foundation for creating healthy organizations and lasting results. In her audit committee work, she brings a commitment to continuous improvement to ensure that management identifies and resolves the root cause of issues. She respects and solicits insights from all constituents—fellow board members, company leaders, auditors, regulators, investors, customers, and employees—to inform her board work.
Kris is a director of KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS), and Columbia Forest Products and Soil Safe, Inc. She previously served as a director of Select Comfort (NASDAQ:SCSS). She has served on Audit and Compensation Committees, as well as Strategic Alternative, Succession Planning and Special Investigative Committees.
Kris is a Partner at Sanderson Berry, focusing on business strategy and marketing for small to medium-sized businesses, both as a consultant and an investor. Previously, she served as the first outside President of Wilsonart, a decorative laminates company with over $600 million in sales, and as President of the office furniture company Herman Miller’s $1.5 billion North American business.
Her experience includes leading global marketing, global product development and customer service for Haworth, another leading office furniture manufacturer, having started her business career as a first line supervisor and manufacturing engineer in a diesel engine plant at Navistar International.
Kris earned a master’s degree from the Yale School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Committee of 200. Civically, she has also served on the boards of International Relief and Development, an NGO, and Holland Hospital, a 200-bed community hospital in Holland Michigan.