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Milliken announces leadership transition

Milliken names Halsey Cook as next President and CEO, effective from 1 September.

12th July 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Spartanburg, SC

Protective, Sports/​Outdoor, Interiors

Halsey M. Cook Jr., new President and CEO. © Milliken & CompanyMilliken’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as President and CEO, effective from 1 September 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors.

“The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” said current chair, president and CEO, Harold Chandler. “He has the experience to accelerate what is working very well today at Milliken and, importantly, introduce change where the organization can further leverage our emphasis on innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer care.”

“He will lead an organization with a proven management team that knows how to translate strategy into effective execution and sustainable results. His experience in growing diversified, global businesses and his leadership style are an excellent fit for Milliken’s values, culture and commitment to the community.”

Cook’s 30-year career leading a wide range of large, diversified global businesses with significant manufacturing and distribution networks has prepared him to lead family-owned Milliken. His leadership roles in sales, marketing and product development have included international- and US-based assignments across a variety of companies, such as United Technologies and Legrand North America.

Most recently, Cook was the President and CEO for Sonepar USA, a family-owned distributor of electrical products and related solutions. These experiences provided opportunities for Cook to drive growth through organic innovation programs and strategic acquisitions. “I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead Milliken. It is an esteemed company with talented associates and an opportunity-rich future. I am looking forward to meeting the team and listening to their ideas and aspirations for the next chapter of Milliken & Company,” commented Cook.

Milliken has over 150 years of expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles.

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