Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Kimball International Inc., announced the promotion and appointment of Kourtnet Smith to the position of President for Kimball Hospitality. Smith will assume the entire responsibility for the entire Kimball Hospitality organization, including strategic direction, goals and driving shareowner value.
Don Van Winkle, Kimball International President and Chief Operating Officer, announced the appointment, stating, “I’ve worked with Kourtney for many years and have always been impressed with her vision, leadership, decision making and ability to drive meaningful transformation. She brings energy, enthusiasm and passion to everything she leads.”
Smith brings 25 years of experience in the office and hospitality industries. Smith holds the distinction of being a Kelogg Executive Scholar of Professional Achievement in Marketing and Sales Management. She has continued her personal and professional through a variety of programs and involvement in industry associations.
Commenting on the new position, Smith said, “I’m incredibly excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead the talented Kimball Hospitality team. The industry is strong and we are well poised for continued growth. I look forward to leveraging our core strengths and further building this dynamic brand.”
During her career, Smith has held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, product development, sales and service. She has been the consistent force behind the evolution of National Office Furniture. Most recently she served as Vice President of Marketing for National leading product development, marketing, sustainability, vertical markets, increasing brand awareness in the architect and design community, and sales development in the EMEA.