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LEADING WITH PURPOSE

CURIOUS MINDS. DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES.

We are a global team of 8,000+ scientists, engineers, manufacturers, designers, thinkers, collaborators, and problem-solvers singularly focused on creating positive impact through purpose-driven products. Our passion, perspectives, commitment, and expertise set us apart as we work together with our partners to create tomorrow's breakthrough innovations today.

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Halsey M. Cook Jr.

President and CEO

Halsey Cook is President and Chief Executive Officer. Since his arrival as the first external CEO in 2018, Halsey has led the company to activate its purpose and values for the future. Prior to joining Milliken, Halsey was President and CEO of Sonepar USA, the world’s largest distributor of electrical infrastructure products. His previous work experience included senior P+L roles in manufacturing and technology companies, including President of Legrand Electrical as well as 17 years in Carrier Corporation, where he held marketing, operations, and general management roles in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Halsey is a graduate of the University of The South where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics and English. He also received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Halsey serves as a trustee on the Belle W. Baruch Foundation in South Carolina. Additionally, he is on the Board of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, the National Association of Manufacturers, and is a Director of Southwire Company, a leading global manufacturer of wire, cable, and tools based in Carrollton, GA.

 

Cindy Boiter

EVP and President, Chemical

Cindy Boiter is EVP and President of Milliken’s Chemical Business. She leads a global specialty chemicals portfolio of plastic additives, coating additives, performance colorants and ingredients, and fine chemicals. Cindy joined Milliken in 2012 as Director of Marketing, Strategy, and Business Development for the Chemical Business. From 2013-2019, she was the Chief Financial Officer for that business. Cindy was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Milliken & Company from 2019 until 2021, when she was promoted to her current position. Prior to joining Milliken, Cindy held various finance and business leadership positions at Eaton Corporation and MeadWestvaco. Cindy received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Perma-Pipe International Holdings, is an Executive Committee Member of The Society of Chemical Industry, and is a Board Member of The American Red Cross, Upstate South Carolina.  


Craig Haydamack

SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Haydamack is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Human Resources of Milliken & Company. Prior to joining Milliken in June 2014, Craig spent 18 years with Intel Corporation, based in Oregon, as a Director in both the Information Technology and Human Resources functions. His previous experience included managing a wide range of global functions, such as IT Strategic Planning, Talent Acquisition, and instructing Intel's Management and Leadership development program. Craig is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Craig serves on the Board for the USC Upstate Foundation, United Way of the Piedmont, and Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce. Craig is the Board Chair for the Spartanburg Academic Movement. Craig also holds the SPHR and SCP human resources certifications.  


Allen Jacoby

SVP and Chief Strategy Officer

Allen Jacoby is SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. In his current role, Allen leads annual strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and enterprise risk management. Prior to joining Milliken, Allen had a variety of development, sales, marketing, and consulting roles in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and technology industries, including three years as a strategy consultant in Arthur D. Little’s chemicals practice. Prior to assuming this role in 2021, Allen was Senior Vice President of Milliken’s Plastics Additives business for eight years. He started his career at Milliken in 2002, as a Strategist in the Textile Division. In 2002, he assumed the Marketing Director position for the MaxCell business. In 2009, he became Vice President and Business Manager for the Building and Infrastructure business. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with joint degrees in finance and entrepreneurial management. Allen has served on the Board of Directors for Plastics Industry Association, and now serves as a delegate to the CEO on the Board for the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. He is also a member of the Upstate Forever Board of Directors.  


Kasel Knight

SVP and General Counsel

Kasel Knight is SVP and General Counsel. In her role, she is responsible for all legal aspects of Milliken’s global, diversified manufacturing business. She also serves as the Secretary for the Company, supporting the Board of Directors and Stockholders on corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Milliken in 2010, Kasel practiced Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate and Securities law for eight years in law firms in Atlanta, GA and Boston, MA. As outside counsel, she assisted public and private companies with acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, equity investments, joint ventures, corporate formation, and governance matters; drafted and negotiated diverse contracts; and supported public companies with securities offerings and reporting. Kasel received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she majored in both English and French. While an undergraduate, she spent a year in France enrolled in Université de Paris VII. Kasel is a member of the Georgia, Massachusetts, and South Carolina bars. She serves on the Board of the SC Association of Corporate Counsel and on the Alumni Board of Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC.  




Chad McAllister

EVP and President, Textile

Chad McAllister is EVP and President of Milliken’s Textile Business. Chad oversees a diverse portfolio of businesses within the textile industry including apparel, automotive, and industrial. Chad joined Milliken in 2001 as a Controller for Milliken’s Chemical Business where he supported international business growth. During his tenure at Milliken, Chad has led multiple strategic acquisitions and divestitures and has held finance and strategy positions in Corporate Development and the Airbag Business Unit. Since joining Milliken’s Textile Business as Chief Financial Officer in 2010, Chad has played a key leadership role delivering growth both organically and through acquisitions. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University, and is a graduate of The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program. Chad is on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO).  


Jim McCallum

EVP and President, Floor Covering

Jim McCallum is EVP and President of Milliken’s Floor Covering Business. In his current role, Jim leads a global modular flooring business that supports multiple industries. Jim has held this role since joining the company in 2014. Prior to this, Jim headed the Asia business for Interface and operated out of Singapore. During his 32-year career in the flooring industry, Jim has also held roles as President at Lees and the Mohawk Group. Prior to moving into floor covering, Jim worked for Burlington Industries in their Denim Division. He is a graduate of the Business School at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in business. Jim currently serves on the Board of the Carpet and Rug Institute. 


Shri Parikh

EVP and President, Healthcare

Shri Parikh is EVP and President of Milliken’s Healthcare business. In his current role, Shri leads a portfolio of products across medical wound care, animal healthcare, and sports medicine. Shri joined Milliken in 2021. Shri began his career with Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals in research. For nine years, he worked with St. Jude Medical Center where his roles included the Vice President, Strategic Corporate Sales and National Accounts. Shri moved to Stryker in 2011 where he was responsible for national GPO sales and strategic field execution and contracting for all Stryker Medical-Surgical businesses. In 2013, Shri and his family relocated to Atlanta, GA where he served as Molnlycke Health Care’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he was responsible for the company’s North American business. In 2018, Shri joined Sanuwave, a small public company, as President. In 2020, he started The Mobile Health Company, a first-in-market wound care-focused service offering within Atlanta. Shri holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Medical Ethics from Davidson College and postgraduate business degrees from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Jacksonville University in Florida.


Jeff Price

EVP of Operations

Jeff Price is EVP of Operations. In his current role, Jeff oversees corporate logistics, transportation and sourcing, environmental, health and safety, corporate engineering, global security, and Milliken’s consulting arm, Performance Solutions by Milliken. Jeff joined the company in 1979 as a production manager. Jeff’s tenure at Milliken includes leading the company’s global Textile division as well as serving as general manager of the company’s global airbag and automotive nonwovens business. Jeff's current position was created to align the work of these teams in support of Milliken’s 2025 strategy. Jeff is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jeff has served on the Board and as Chair of the Board for the National Council of Textile Organizations, Board Secretary for The American Red Cross, Upstate South Carolina, and on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. 


David Smart

EVP and Chief Financial Officer

David Smart is EVP and Chief Financial Officer. In his current role, David leads finance, accounting, tax, treasury, information technology, and digital transformation. David joined the Company in 2019. Prior to joining Milliken, David served as Senior Vice President and CFO of Pella Corporation. There, David was a member of the Board of Directors and had responsibility for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance, accounting, internal audit, tax, treasury, legal, information technology, and business insights. David also had operational responsibilities for two business units and served for three years as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to his role with Pella Corporation, David spent 20 years with Ford Motor Company in senior finance leadership roles that included assignments in both the United Kingdom and Australia. David serves on the Board of Trustees for Converse University, is a member of the Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council, and belongs to the IU CFO Roundtable. David holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Business Economics, and Public Policy from Indiana University. David served for seven years as a Board Member and President of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni association.


Danna Vetter

SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Danna Vetter is SVP and Chief Marketing Officer. In her current role, she leads marketing strategy, brand, communications, and customer experience. Prior to joining Milliken in 2019, Danna was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Innovation at Aramark where she was responsible for customer insights, corporate branding and communications, product innovation, health and wellness, brand portfolio management, customer experience, and digital marketing. Danna served as Vice President of Business Development for Alloy Media + Marketing where she was responsible for driving innovation and industry disrupting partnerships for key brands, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Coca-Cola, Citibank, XM Satellite Radio, MTV, Maybelline, and AOL. Danna is a graduate of Rutgers University where she earned both her Bachelor of Marketing Communications and Master of Organizational Communication degrees. Danna served on the Pennsylvania Ballet Board for five years. In 2020 she became a Board member of the Rutgers Business School Center for Women in Business. Danna is a founding board member of the National Charity League, South Carolina chapter, a non-profit program that embraces community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences for young women. 


Ed Zhao

Asia Managing Director and SVP, Milliken and Company

Ed Zhao is SVP and Asia Managing Director. In his current role, Ed leads our Asia strategy and portfolio management across all businesses. Ed joined Milliken in 1995 as a Research Scientist for Milliken’s Chemical Business where he played a leading role in developing and commercializing new product lines. During his tenure at Milliken, Ed has held a variety of technical and business leadership positions, including Director of R+D for the global chemical business, Director of Sales, and Regional Manager of the Asia chemical business. He was appointed to his role as Milliken’s Asia Managing Director in 2011. Prior to joining Milliken, Ed received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph. D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ed is a graduate of The Stanford Executive Program. Ed is a member of the China Petrochemical and Chemical Industry Federation, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, China Task Force of Alliance to End Plastic Waste and American Chemical Society, and a Board member of Georgia Tech China Foundation.