Milliken & Company Announces Leadership Transition

Milliken & Company’s board of directors is pleased to announce the
appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective
September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair
of the board of directors.

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Halsey M. Cook Jr. (Photo: Business Wire)

“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 U.S.-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 global distributor of
electrical products and related solutions. These experiences provided
opportunities for Cook to drive growth through organic innovation
programs and strategic acquisitions. Cook has a B.A. in Economics and
English from the University of the South and an MBA from the University
of Virginia.

On joining the Milliken team, Cook commented, “I am honored 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.”

About Milliken

For over 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to
explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. With
expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty
chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles, we
work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives,
improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable.
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