SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Halsey M. Cook Jr. has been appointed president and CEO of Milliken & Co., by its board of directors, the company reports. Milliken provides a range of products and services, including textiles and workwear.
Harold Chandler, current board chair, president and CEO, will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. The changes are effective Sept. 1.
“The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” Chandler says. “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, according to the company. 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, Milliken says. Cook has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and English from the University of the South and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
“I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead Milliken,” Cook says. “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 & Co.”