Bio: Jenny C. Niemann

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Jennifer C. Niemann
President and Chief Executive Officer
Forward Space, LLC

As President/CEO and owner of Forward Space, Jenny Niemann is responsible for the strategic leadership of the company—providing guidance in support of client needs, establishing goals, defining strategies and providing general oversight of company activities.

Prior to her role with Forward Space, Jenny was CEO of Red Thread, a Steelcase Dealership in New England. Red Thread is a $250 Million wholly owned subsidiary of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the furniture industry, providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. With an annual revenue of $3billion, Steelcase is traded under SCS on the NYSE. Jenny’s success in leading Red Thread is directly linked to the opportunity she was given to purchase her own independent Steelcase dealership in Chicago.

Jenny started her career with Accenture (Andersen Consulting) in information systems consulting. She then spent nearly 20 years with Steelcase before moving to Red Thread. Her work experience has been focused in sales, product innovation and process improvement through Information Technology and LEAN methodologies.

Her board and advisory commitments include being a trustee on the board of The Chicago Architecture Foundation (www.Architecture.org), a member of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) advisory committee and a member of the Steelcase, Inc. Board of Directors.

She stays involved in the Chicago community through membership in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Chicago Chapter, The Economics Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. She is also a member of CoreNet (An organization focused on professional development in the corporate real estate profession).

Jenny earned her MBA and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. She graduated Cum Laude from Bowdoin College, in Maine, with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. She is a lifelong learner and has continued growing through courses in Design Thinking and LEAN manufacturing. She completed executive education on governance for family enterprises The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she has lived in Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts and Jenny currently lives in Winnetka, IL with her husband and two children.