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William M. Cook, Former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Company, Inc.

William M. Cook, serves as our Non-Executive Chair of the Board. Mr. Cook is the retired Executive Chair (2015 -2016) of Donaldson Company, Inc. (“Donaldson”), a technology driven global company that designs and manufactures filtration systems and their replacement parts to remove harmful contaminants from air and liquids. Mr. Cook was also the Chair (2005 - 2015), President and Chief Executive Officer (2004 - 2015) of Donaldson. Prior to that, Mr. Cook held various roles at Donaldson of increasing responsibility in both the U.S. and Europe, including service as Chief Financial Officer (2001 - 2004); Senior Vice President, International (2000 - 2004); and Senior Vice President, Commercial and Industrial (1994 - 2000). Mr. Cook is also currently a Director of IDEX Corporation (where he serves as the Non-Executive Chair of the Board and on the Audit Committee). He is also currently a Director of AXALTA Coating Systems, Ltd. (where he serves as the Non-Executive Chair of the Board and on the Audit Committee. Mr. Cook was a Director of Valspar Corporation (where he served on the Audit Committee) from 2010 - 2017. Mr. Cook brings to the Neenah Board his 35 years of filtration industry and operations experience and financial expertise 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 Director for IDEX, Neenah, AXALTA, and Valspar. Mr. Cook also has valuable Board experience from his past service to various private and charitable organizations. Mr. Cook has served as a Director of Neenah since 2016. Mr. Cook holds a BS degree in Business Management and an MBA degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Mr. Cook’s educational background, financial expertise, and extensive global experience in leading technology industries makes him an effective member of Neenah’s Board.