Leggett & Platt Announces David Haffner To Retire; Karl Glassman To Assume CEO Role On January 1, 2016

Aug 17, 2015, 08:52 ET from Leggett & Platt

CARTHAGE, Mo., Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Leggett & Platt today announced that David S. Haffner, the company's Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair, will retire from the company and the Board on December 31, 2015. Karl G. Glassman, the company's President and Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of CEO on January 1, 2016.

Haffner has been the company's CEO since 2006, and Chairman of the Board since 2013. Before assuming the role of CEO, he served as the company's Chief Operating Officer for seven years and in numerous positions of increasing responsibility since he joined the company in 1983.

Richard Fisher, the company's Lead Director, commented: "On behalf of Leggett & Platt's Board of Directors, I would like to recognize David's tremendous contributions and longstanding commitment to the company. Under David's leadership, the company embarked on a major strategic shift in late 2007, which has resulted in total shareholder return since 2008 in the top 10% of the S&P 500. For over three decades, he has provided invaluable leadership, a commitment to our core values, and a keen focus on shareholder value. 

"David's tenure as CEO has positioned the company to reach new heights in the future. Today, Leggett & Platt is as strong as it has ever been, we expect a record year for earnings in 2015, and nearly all of our businesses are performing extremely well. In keeping with Leggett's history and tradition, we expect this to be a smooth transition.  We wish David and his family the very best. He will be missed both personally and professionally."

Karl Glassman, age 56, succeeded Haffner as Chief Operating Officer in 2006 and as President in 2013. He has been with the company for over 33 years and has worked closely with Haffner for the past 16 years. Glassman joined the Board in 2002.

According to Fisher, "The Board expects Karl to continue the great example of leadership set by David and his predecessors. As CEO, Karl will bring extensive company and industry knowledge, as well as a broad understanding of the global landscape and the challenges that manufacturers face. Leggett & Platt is fortunate to have a very experienced team of senior managers, a strong culture, a sound strategy for the future, and a talented group of employee-partners throughout the world. We look forward to seeing Karl build on our past success and lead Leggett & Platt to even higher levels of achievement as we go forward."

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION:  At Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG), we create innovative products that enhance people's lives, generate exceptional returns for our shareholders, and provide sought-after jobs in communities around the world. L&P is a 132 year-old diversified manufacturer that designs and produces engineered products found in most homes and automobiles. Continuing Operations are comprised of 18 business units, 20,000 employee-partners, and 130 manufacturing facilities located in 19 countries.

Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S. manufacturer of: a) components for residential furniture and bedding; b) carpet cushion; c) adjustable bed bases; d) work furniture and components; e) drawn steel wire; f) automotive seat support & lumbar systems; g) bedding industry machinery.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking." These statements involve uncertainties and risks, including the company's ability to improve operations and realize cost savings, price and product competition from foreign and domestic competitors, changes in demand for the company's products, cost and availability of raw materials and labor, fuel and energy costs, future growth of acquired companies, general economic conditions, possible goodwill or other asset impairment, foreign currency fluctuation, litigation risks, and other factors described in the company's Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statement reflects only the company's beliefs when the statement is made. Actual results could differ materially from expectations, and the company undertakes no duty to update these statements.

CONTACT:   Investor Relations, (417) 358-8131 or invest@leggett.com Susan R. McCoy, Vice President of Investor Relations


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