Michael Merk is director of Corporate Communications for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry and in creating spaces that help people have a better day at work.

Appointed to this role in 2010, Michael is responsible for reputation management and strategy development across multiple audiences and channels. He oversees employee communications, public relations, investor relations and communications to the Steelcase dealer network. He led the company‚Äôs 100th anniversary celebration in 2012.

In previous Steelcase roles, Michael was director of brand marketing for the Turnstone brand and director of marketing with the Growth Initiatives team, after relocating with his family from Europe to western Michigan. Prior to that, he created the brand experience and strategy for Steelcase in Europe, Middle East and Africa as director of External Communications. 

Prior to joining Steelcase, Michael gained brand and communication experience in various roles with international office furniture brands such as Dauphin, Vitra, VOKO and the SAMAS brand FORTSCHRITT. He also served in the German Air Force. Born in Freiburg, Germany, Michael lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his family.