Milliken & Company announce leadership change

October 17, 2016

Milliken & Company announced today that J. Harold Chandler has been elected chairman, president and chief executive officer effective immediately following the resignation of Joseph M. Salley as president and chief executive officer and as a member of the board of directors. Chandler has served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors for 14 years and as its chairman for the past five years.

Chandler said, “We sincerely thank Joe Salley for his service to Milliken which covers a span of 20 years, the past eight as its president and CEO. I am honored to take on the additional roles of president and CEO. I look forward to working with a uniquely qualified group of executives, associates and board members. Our initial step will be to ensure an effective transition and to maintain the positive momentum from which the Company is currently benefitting. Together, we will continue to innovate, contribute to Spartanburg and our other communities, and be a leader in our industry.”




Harold Chandler is a native South Carolinian and product of a textile family. He graduated from Wofford College, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he has served on its board of trustees for 24 years, the last five as its chairman. He received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina and later completed post graduate studies at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Chandler is a veteran of the diversified financial services industry where he has served as chairman, president and CEO while also contributing to the boards of directors of eight public and family-owned companies over the past 30 years.



For 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable.

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