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Knoll Inc (KNL.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Andrew Cogan

55 2018 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Charles Rayfield

38 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Benjamin Pardo

56 2011 Executive Vice President, Director - Design

Michael Pollner

45 2018 Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Secretary

Roxanne Klein

41 2015 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Scott Cameron

54 2017 Senior Vice President - Operations

David Schutte

53 2016 Senior Vice President — Specialty Businesses

Jeffrey Harris

62 Lead Independent Director

Ronald Kass

2018 Director

Kathleen Bradley

68 2008 Independent Director

Danie Dienst

52 2017 Independent Director

Stephen Fisher

65 2005 Independent Director

Christopher Kennedy

54 2014 Independent Director

John Maypole

78 2004 Independent Director

Sarah Nash

64 2006 Independent Director

Stephanie Stahl

51 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Andrew Cogan

Mr. Andrew B. Cogan is the Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Knoll Inc effective on May 8, 2018. Mr. Cogan became Chief Executive Officer of Knoll, Inc. in April 2001 after serving as Chief Operating Officer since December 1999. Mr. Cogan has held several positions in the design and marketing group worldwide since joining the company in 1989, including Executive Vice President—Marketing and Product Development and Senior Vice President. Mr. Cogan is also a director of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, Interface, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, and American Woodmark Corporation in Winchester, Virginia.Mr. Cogan has substantial industry and management experience, having served in management functions at Knoll for more than 20 years and as our Chief Executive Officer since 2001. Mr. Cogan is uniquely qualified to bring strategic insight, design and marketing expertise and in-depth knowledge of Knoll's worldwide business to the board, having served in numerous key positions within our design and marketing group, and as Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his management experience, Mr. Cogan brings to the board his perspectives as a director of other private and public boards.

Charles Rayfield

Mr. Charles Rayfield is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Knoll Inc. Mr. Rayfield is the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. Mr. Rayfield has served as the Company’s Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller since November 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Rayfield served as the Vice President, Corporate Controller of The Providence Service Corporation from September 2013 to November 2015 and as the Corporate Controller of BioTelemetry, Inc., from 2008 to 2013.

Benjamin Pardo

Mr. Benjamin A. Pardo is the Executive Vice President, Director - Design of Knoll Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Pardo served as our Senior Vice President—Director of Design since September 2005. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pardo was President of Unifor, Inc. where he had been employed since 1988.

Michael Pollner

Mr. Michael A. Pollner is the Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of Knoll Inc. Mr. Pollner is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Knoll Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Pollner served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from March 1, 2007 until February 2015, and as Assistant General Counsel from September 1, 2005 until March 1, 2007. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pollner was a lawyer with the law firm, Blank Rome LLP, which he joined in February 2004. From September 1999 to February 2004, Mr. Pollner was a member of the business law department at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Roxanne Klein

Ms. Roxanne B. Klein is the Senior Vice President - Human Resources of Knoll Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Klein served as our Vice President, Human Resources for Knoll Office division from June 2014 until November 2015, Director, Human Resources from October 2010 until June 2014 and as company Manager, Human Resources from April 2007 until October 2010. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Klein worked for Praxair, Inc. as Regional Human Resources Manager from March 2006 until April 2007 and for Danaher Corporation as Director, Human Resources from May 2004 until March 2006. Ms. Klein has over 15 years of Human Resources experience in a variety of businesses.

Scott Cameron

Mr. Scott Cameron is the Senior Vice President - Operations of Knoll Inc, with effective from July 10, 2017. Mr. Cameron joins Knoll from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, Inc., Protective & Marine Coatings, where he was responsible for global operations and supply chain. Mr. Cameron, who joined PPG, Canada in 1994 as a customer service manager held a range of PPG operations positions and led plants in Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East and the United States. In his new role, Mr. Cameron will lead the Company's manufacturing sites in North America, focusing on our lean manufacturing strategy and driving operational excellence; he will work closely with Eric Crouthamel, Vice President Manufacturing, East Greenville; Jonathan Laug, Vice President Manufacturing, Muskegon; Dan Carley, Vice President Manufacturing, Grand Rapids; Steve Sandre, Vice President Manufacturing, Toronto and their respective teams. Mr. Cameron holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

David Schutte

Mr. David L. Schutte is the Senior Vice President — Specialty Businesses of Knoll Inc. Previously, he served as President of HOLLY HUNT for 3 years and as Knoll Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for 7 years. Mr. Schutte began his career with Knoll in 1990 and served until 1995 in several roles including Director of Marketing for KnollStudio. Subsequently, Mr. Schutte held several senior positions in the contract office furniture industry including Vice President of Marketing for Maharam and Vice President of A&D Sales for Herman Miller. He rejoined Knoll in May 2004 as Vice President and General Manager of KnollTextiles, a position he held for two and one-half years.

Jeffrey Harris

Mr. Jeffrey A. Harris is the Lead Independent Director of Knoll Inc. Mr. Harris is the founder and managing member of Global Reserve Group LLC, a financial advisory and investment firm focused primarily on the energy industry. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm, where he was employed from 1983 until 2011 where his responsibilities included involvement in investments in energy, technology and other industries. Mr. Harris is a director of Serica Energy PLC and several private companies. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cranbrook Educational Community, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Friends of the High Line. Mr. Harris previously served as a director of Electromagnetic GeoServices ASA. Mr. Harris brings a strong business background to Knoll, having worked in the private equity field with Warburg Pincus for over 25 years. Mr. Harris has gained substantial experience in overseeing the management of diverse organizations, having served as a board member on many public and private boards, including a number of charitable and non-profit organizations. As a result of this service, Mr. Harris has a broad understanding of the operational, financial and strategic issues facing public and private companies. Mr. Harris has served on our board of directors since 1996 and through that service has developed extensive knowledge of our business.

Ronald Kass

Mr. Ronald R. Kass is Director of the Company. Mr. Kass is currently the President and CEO of Hunter Douglas North America, a division of Hunter Douglas, N.V., the world market leader in window coverings and a major manufacturer of architectural products, a position he has held since July 2015. Prior, Mr. Kass served as COO from July 2014 to July 2015 as well as serving as President of the Company’s Design Products Group from June 2013 to July 2014. Mr. Kass has also served as President and CEO of the Robert Allen Group, an international designer, marketer and manufacturer of home furnishings. Mr. Kass holds an A.B. from Brown University and a M.B.A from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Kathleen Bradley

Ms. Kathleen G. Bradley is an Independent Director of Knoll Inc. Ms. Bradley served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Knoll North America, from April 2001 until her retirement on May 23, 2008. Prior to that time she served as President from December 1999 to April 2001, Executive Vice President—Sales, Distribution and Customer Service from August 1998 until December 1999, Senior Vice President from 1996 until August 1998 and Divisional Vice President for Knoll's southeast division from 1988 until 1996. Prior to that time, she was regional manager for our Atlanta region, a position to which she was promoted in 1983. She began her career with Knoll in 1979. Ms. Bradley has exceptional industry knowledge and a deep understanding of Knoll's business, having been associated with Knoll for over 35 years, including over seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Knoll, North America, and more than 20 years in numerous management positions. Ms. Bradley's experience has included managing regional divisions and key parts of the organization such as sales and distribution, and customer service. Ms. Bradley also served on the board of our industry trade organization, The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association. Ms. Bradley's in-depth knowledge of our business and her extensive management experience are important aspects of her service on the Board.

Danie Dienst

Mr. Daniel W. Dienst is an Independent Director, effective August 2017. Mr. Dienst has been a Principal of D2Quared, LLC, a consulting firm, since 2013. He previously served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. until its December 2015 sale to Sequential Brands, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Dienst served as the Group Chief Executive of Sims Metal Management, Ltd., the world's largest publicly-listed metal and electronics recycler from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Dienst held various positions with CIBC World Markets Corp., a diversified global financial services firm. Mr. Dienst has substantial financial and executive experience and brings his strategic insight and financial acumen to the board's deliberations given his prior experience as a chief executive officer of a public company.

Stephen Fisher

Mr. Stephen F. Fisher is an Independent Director of Knoll Inc. Mr. Fisher has served as a director since December 2005. Mr. Fisher is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Entercom Communications Corp. a radio broadcasting company, a position he has held since November 1998. Mr. Fisher has announced his retirement from Entercom, which is expected to be effective in April 2017. Mr. Fisher also is a director of the National Association of Broadcasters. Mr. Fisher has held numerous financial management and operational positions. Mr. Fisher has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a public company for over 17 years. Mr. Fisher has also worked in the private equity field, making investments in companies and managing those portfolio companies as well as serving on the board of directors of both public and private companies. He brings significant financial and operational management, as well as financial reporting, experience to the board.

Christopher Kennedy

Mr. Christopher G. Kennedy is an Independent Director of Knoll Inc. since November 14, 2014. Mr. Kennedy serves as Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. which is the investment firm of the Kennedy Family. Mr. Kennedy also serves on the Board of Directors of Interface, Inc. a floor covering company, and is the Founder and Chairman of Top Box Foods, a Chicago-based non-profit hunger-relief organization. He formerly served as President of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. a subsidiary of Vornado Realty Trust, from 2000 to 2011. Since 1994, he has served on the Board of Trustees of Ariel Mutual Funds. Mr. Kennedy is also active in several educational and civic organizations. Mr. Kennedy has significant experience in the residential and commercial furniture markets, due to his experience as former President of Merchandise Mart Properties. Mr. Kennedy also brings substantial executive level experience that is particularly beneficial to our strategies and sales and marketing efforts in the corporate office and retail market segments. His insight into governmental and economic affairs and his civic involvement also are of great value to the Knoll board.

John Maypole

Mr. John F. Maypole is an Independent Director of Knoll Inc. Mr. Maypole has for over 30 years, served as an independent director of, or consultant to, various corporations and providers of financial services. Mr. Maypole is a director of the National Captioning Institute, Inc. Mr. Maypole previously served as a director of Church and Dwight Co. Inc. Verizon Communications and the MassMutual Financial Group, among others. Mr. Maypole brings substantial accounting, finance, and management experience to the board. Mr. Maypole previously served as a chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief executive officer, chairman of the board and independent consultant to numerous industrial and financial services companies and has significant experience with operational and financial matters, including financial reporting. Mr. Maypole has served on a number of private and public boards and his experiences have resulted in a broad understanding of the operational, financial and strategic issues facing public and private companies. Mr. Maypole's perspectives on executive management, leadership and financial management are important to the board's deliberations.

Sarah Nash

Ms. Sarah E. Nash is an Independent Director of Knoll Inc. In August 2005, Ms. Nash retired as a Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s Investment Bank where she was responsible for the firm's client relationships. Prior to these responsibilities, she was the Regional Executive and Co-Head of Investment Banking for North America at J.P. Morgan Co. Ms. Nash serves on the Board of Directors of Irving Oil Company, Blackbaud Inc. and HBD Industries. She is a Trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and on the Business Leadership Council of CUNY. Ms. Nash previously served as a director of Pathmark Stores, Inc. AbitibiBowater Inc. and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Nash has significant finance and investment banking experience, and brings that experience and her perspectives on management and finance to the Knoll board. Ms. Nash had a long, successful career in investment banking, retiring as Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s Investment Bank. Ms. Nash has served on a number of private and public boards, which has resulted in a broad understanding of the operational, financial and strategic issues facing public and private companies. She brings these experiences and understandings to the Knoll board.

Stephanie Stahl

Ms. Stephanie Stahl is an Independent Director of Knoll Inc, since August 7, 2013. Ms. Stahl is the CEO of Apprecier LLC, a company she co-founded in June 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Stahl served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for Coach, Inc. a position she held from July 2013 until February 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Stahl served as the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Consumer for Coach from October 2012 until June 2013. Prior to joining Coach, Ms. Stahl was the Chief Executive Officer of the fitness company Tracy Anderson Mind and Body from July 2011 until July 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Stahl served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Revlon and as a Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group in the consumer goods, retail and media industries for over ten years. Ms. Stahl has significant experience in high-design businesses and in creating and driving global brand building consumer and customer strategies, particularly in the consumer goods and retail segments. Ms. Stahl brings this experience to the board as Knoll positions itself as the premier high design company in the interior space through expanded luxury offerings and new distribution channels.

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