Max DePree
Max De Pree is businessman and American
United States
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. A son of D.J. De Pree, founder of Herman Miller
Herman Miller (office equipment)
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 office furniture company, he and his brother Hugh De Pree assumed leadership of the company the early 1960s, Hugh becoming CEO and president in 1962. Max succeeded his brother Hugh as CEO in 1980 and served in that capacity to 1987, and he was a member of the company's Board of Directors until 1995.
His book Leadership is an Art has sold more than 800,000 copies. In 1992, De Pree was inducted into Junior Achievement's U.S. Business Hall of Fame. He has been involved with the Max De Pree Center for Leadership (established in 1996 as the De Pree Center) since its establishment.


He studied at Wheaton College
Wheaton College (Illinois)
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 but was interrupted by World War II
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. He served on the European Theatre of Operations. Still in the Army, he studied at the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
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, Haverford College
Haverford College
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 and the University of Paris
University of Paris
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. After his military service he attended Hope College
Hope College
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, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
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degree in 1948.


  • Leadership is an Art ; Dell Publishing (1989) ; ISBN 0385512465
  • Leadership Jazz ; Dell Publishing (1993) ; ISBN 0440505186
  • Dear Zoe ; Harper Collins (1996) ; ISBN 0802845924
  • Called to Serve: Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board ; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2001) ; ISBN 0802849229
  • Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community ; John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. (2003) ; ISBN 0787967432

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