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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)


Washington, D.C.  20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  July 11, 2019

HNI Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
600 East Second Street, P.O. Box 1109, Muscatine, Iowa  52761-0071
(Address of principal executive offices, including Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (563) 272-7400

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

On July 11, 2019, the Board of Directors of HNI Corporation (the "Corporation") elected Dhanusha Sivajee
as a director of the Corporation, to serve an initial term expiring at the Corporation's 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Effective immediately, Ms. Sivajee will serve as a member of the Board’s Public Policy and Corporate Governance Committee. The Board has determined Ms. Sivajee qualifies as an independent director under the New York Stock Exchange independence standards and the Corporation’s categorical independence standards. The Board of Directors of the Corporation consists of eleven directors - ten independent outside directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

Ms. Sivajee, 42, is the Chief Marketing Officer of The Knot Worldwide. The press release announcing Ms. Sivajee’s election is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is filed herewith.

For her service on the Board, Ms. Sivajee will receive the same compensation as other non-management members of the Board as outlined in the Corporation’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2019.

There is no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Sivajee and any other person pursuant to which she was selected as a director, and there are no family relationships between Ms. Sivajee and any director or executive officer of the Corporation or any related party transactions involving Ms. Sivajee.

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits

Exhibit No.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

July 11, 2019
/s/ Steven M. Bradford
Steven M. Bradford
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
and Secretary

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)


HNI Corporation 600 East Second Street, Muscatine, Iowa 52761, Tel 563 272 7400, Fax 563 272 7347,


News Release

For Information Contact:
Marshall H. Bridges, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (563) 272-7400
Jack D. Herring, Treasurer, Director of Finance and Investor Relations (563) 506-9783


MUSCATINE, Iowa (July 12, 2019) – HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) announced the election of Dhanusha Sivajee to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Sivajee is the Chief Marketing Officer of The Knot Worldwide. Operating in 15 countries around the world, The Knot Worldwide is the leading digital wedding planning marketplace. Previously, Ms. Sivajee was Chief Marketing Officer at AOL Brand Group; Vice President of Global Marketing at Bloomberg Mobile; and Director, Advanced Product and Digital Marketing at Home Box Office. Ms. Sivajee brings to the Board extensive strategically-driven marketing and transactional marketplace experience with over 20 years working across media and e-commerce industries.

“Dhanusha is an influential leader of digital business growth and transformation. As we drive our businesses with a customer first mindset to deliver effortless winning experiences, her background and insights will be highly valued,” said Larry Porcellato, Chairman of the Board, HNI Corporation.

The Board of Directors of HNI Corporation consists of eleven directors - ten independent outside directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.
About HNI Corporation
HNI Corporation is a NYSE traded company (ticker symbol: HNI) providing products and solutions for the home and workplace environments. HNI Corporation is a leading global office furniture manufacturer and is the nation's leading manufacturer of hearth products. The Corporation's strong brands have leading positions in their markets. More information can be found on the Corporation's website at


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