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Kimball International Announces Three New Officers; Electronics Group Leaders Receive Promotions

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JASPER, Ind. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), the Indiana-based manufacturer of electronics components and commercial furnishings, today announced the appointment of three new officers within the Company’s Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) segment, Kimball Electronics Group. The appointments reflect Kimball International’s commitment to leadership development as well as the Company’s recognition of personal achievements and contributions. The promotions became effective March 31.

Julie Dutchess, Vice President, Human Resources (Photo: Business Wire)

Julie Dutchess, Vice President, Human Resources (Photo: Business Wire)

Today’s announcement concerns the following promotions.

Julie Dutchess, 62, has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Human Resources for Kimball Electronics Group, responsible for all aspects of global human resources, personnel and benefits for the Group’s multinational operations. Dutchess has served as the Group’s Director of Human Resources since 1997. She joined Kimball in 1975, and has advanced through progressively more responsible administrative and personnel management roles. Dutchess and her husband Bob reside in Jasper, Indiana.

Sandy Smith, 51, has been promoted to Vice President, Information Technology, with global responsibility for Kimball’s EMS information technology and computing systems in Asia, Europe and North America. She currently serves as Director, Systems Support, a position she assumed in 2004. Smith joined Kimball in 1987, starting in customer service and moved into information technology support, holding a series of increasingly responsible management and information technology positions, including IT support, systems manager and IT Director. Smith and her husband, Brad, reside in Jasper, Indiana.

Janusz Kasprzyk, 53, currently General Manager of Kimball Electronics Poland, has been promoted to Vice President, European Operations. In his expanded role, Kasprzyk will serve as the Group’s most senior leader in Europe, with responsibility for high level customer liaison and identification of significant new growth opportunities. Kasprzyk has 30 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing services industry. He joined Kimball Electronics in 2000 as Operations Manager of the manufacturing facility in Poznan. His knowledge and expertise led to his appointment as General Manager in 2005, and during his tenure the facility has achieved consistent growth and enhanced profitability. Kasprzyk and his family reside in Poznan.

Making the announcement, Don Charron, President, Kimball Electronics Group and Executive Vice President, Kimball International, stated, “These promotions were earned after many years of service and as a result of valuable contributions to the success of Kimball Electronics and a commitment to personal leadership development. I am confident they will continue to role model their best traits to new generations of leaders in the coming years.”

Said Charron, “These individuals, along with the rest of the Kimball Electronics leadership team, are positioned well to accept their expanded roles in the stand-alone company.”

Kimball International announced a plan in January to Spin-Off its Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) segment as an independent, publicly-traded company later this fall.

Kimball International President and CEO, Jim Thyen, commented on the appointments, saying, “Our ability to continue building an impressive record of performance is made possible by dedicated, effective leadership. Each of these new officers has made important contributions to our past success, and each one will strengthen our Company as we move forward.….It is personally rewarding to acknowledge leaders such as these.”

About Kimball Electronics:

Kimball Electronics Group is a global contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in durable electronics for the medical, automotive, industrial and public safety markets. Kimball Electronics Group is well recognized by customers and industry trade publications for its excellent quality, reliability and innovative service. Kimball Electronics Group has manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Thailand, Poland, and China. Kimball Electronics Group is a business unit of Kimball International, a publicly held company headquartered in Jasper, Indiana.

To learn more about Kimball Electronics Group, visit: www.kegroup.com

About Kimball International:

Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company’s success through personal, professional and financial growth.

Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries, sold under the Company’s family of brand names.

To learn more about Kimball International, Inc., visit the Company’s website on the Internet at: www.kimball.com

“Kimball International … We Build Success!”


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