Kimball names new chief information officer

From local sources

JASPER — Kimball International on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lonnie P. Nicholson as vice president and chief information officer, effective Jan. 1. He will replace Executive Vice President and chief information officer Gary Schwartz, a 39-year company veteran who will retire at the end of the year.


Kimball President and CEO Jim Thyen announced Nicholson’s appointment, saying, “Lonnie brings a well-balanced leadership skillset, honed with a diversification of experiences, into his new role and responsibility, which makes him well-suited for this key leadership position.” He added, “I know it is deeply rewarding for Gary to have Lonnie ”“ someone he has personally mentored over many years ”“ to be named as his successor and to lead our company in this digital age.”

Nicholson, 49, most recently served as vice president of business analytics, with oversight of strategic application of data analysis, social media and mobile computing in support of the company’s growth of information management into more “predictive” analysis in order to build greater responsiveness to customer needs and improvement of operational decision-making. Prior to this role, he was director of organizational development within the company’s corporate organizational effectiveness team, providing coaching and counseling and assisting with internal talent development as well as assuring effective human resources information systems.

Nicholson joined Kimball’s corporate information technology department in 1986 and has advanced through various technical, operational and management positions.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Indiana University and holds a professional certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources. He performed postgraduate work in executive education at IU’s Kelley School of Business. He and his wife and three children reside in Jasper.

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