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Retired Executive Chairman of Donaldson Company, Inc.
William M. Cook, born 1953, is the retired Executive Chairman (2015-2016) of Donaldson Company Inc., a technology-driven global company that manufacturers filtration systems to remove contaminants from air and liquids. Mr. Cook is also the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (2004-2015) of Donaldson. Prior to that, Mr. Cook held various roles at Donaldson of increasing responsibility, including service as Senior Vice President, International (2000–2004); Chief Financial Officer (2001–2004); and Senior Vice President, Commercial and Industrial (1994–2000). Mr. Cook is also a Director of IDEX Corporation and Valspar Corporation.
Mr. Cook brings to the Neenah Board his filtration industry and operations experience and financial expertise for the past 35 years at Donaldson where he held a wide range of financial and business positions with global responsibilities. Mr. Cook is an experienced public company Board member having served on the Donaldson Board from 2004-2016 and as an independent public company Director for IDEX since 2008 and Valspar since 2010. Mr. Cook also has valuable Board experience from his past service to various private and charitable organizations. Mr. Cook holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and an M.B.A. degree from Virginia Tech.