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Milliken & Co. names new president

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Halsey M. Cook has been named president and CEO of Milliken & Co., effective Sept. 1. He will replace J. Harold Chandler, who will return to his role as chairman of the board of directors. Cook comes to Milliken from Pennsylvania-based Sonepar USA, a family-owned global distributor of electrical products and related solutions, where he served as president and CEO.

Halsey M. Cook“The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” Chandler said, in a news release. “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.”

Chandler also said Cook’s “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 has held leadership roles for United Technologies and Legrand North America. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from the University of the South and an MBA from the University of Virginia, according to the release.

“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,” Cook said, in the release. “I am looking forward to meeting the team and listening to their ideas and aspirations for the next chapter of Milliken & Co.”

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