Sara E. Armbruster

President & CEO at Steelcase

Sara Armbruster is the President and CEO of Steelcase Inc., the company trusted by organizations around the world to create inspiring, productive, adaptable, and safe workplaces.

In addition to her role on the company’s board of directors, Sara offers executive experience from several positions to the office of CEO, which she assumed in October 2021. Most recently, she served as executive vice president of Steelcase and, before that, as vice president, strategy, research and digital transformation. As leader of this group, Sara was responsible for advancing digital technologies and digital transformation at Steelcase. This included leadership of the Steelcase Smart and Connected business, which focuses on augmenting performance through offerings that integrate intelligence into the workplace, as well as leadership of the IT organization.

Sara also has had responsibility for a range of innovation activities including global design research, the design and implementation of new business models, and the development of external growth opportunities, including acquisitions and partnerships. ln addition, in past roles Sara has had oversight for the company’s Applied Research + Consulting practice, Steelcase Health, Steelcase Education and the PolyVision subsidiary, which Steelcase divested in 2019.

Before joining Steelcase, Sara served as vice president of business development at Banta Corporation, a publicly traded global printing and supply chain services company based in Menasha, Wisconsin. ln that role, she led strategy development and managed all merger and acquisition activity. Sara also worked for McKinsey & Company in Boston, Massachusetts and Andersen Consulting in New York, New York. Her consulting experience spanned industries and included work in North America, Europe and Asia.

Sara currently serves on the board of directors of Winnebago Industries. She also sits on the board of overseers of the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as the boards of Fifth Third West Michigan, Blandford Nature Center, the National Charity League of Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Youth Ballet.

Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; a master’s degree in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.; and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.



  • President & CEO

    October, 2021 - present

  • EVP

    April, 2021

  • VP, Strategy, Research & Digital Transformation

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