James (Jim) Hackett is president, chief executive officer and director of Steelcase Inc., one of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan where he was a member of their football team. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for Northwestern Mutual Life and Fifth Third Bank, and is the past president of the Institute of the Design Board of Overseers at the Il Institute of Technology. He has served as the chair of the 1998 Heart of West Michigan United Way campaign, and also served as the chair of the Cultural Diversity Council of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. At Grand Valley State University, Hackett has served on the 2001 Honorary Executive Cabinet for the Building for Life campaign, the 2005 Honorary Executive Cabinet of the Innovation campaign and on the committee for the Engineering Laboratories Building campaign. He was also awarded the 1999 Grand Valley Leadership Award. Back to Foundation Leadership.