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Timkens are changing roles at The Timken Company

Canton, Ohio -- W.J. (Jack) Timken, 61, a vice-president and officer of The Timken Company, is the latest Timken to...


December 11, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Canton, Ohio — W.J. (Jack) Timken, 61, a vice-president and officer of The Timken Company, is the latest Timken to announce his retirement from the company. He will remain a member of the board of directors of the company, where he has served since 1971. Jack Timken began his career with Timken in 1968 in the company’s steel operations.

The news follows the announcement in November that W. R. (Tim) Timken, Jr., will retire as an executive of The Timken Company on Dec. 31, 2003. He will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

He also was named an honorary citizen by the city of Colmar, France, on Dec. 8, 2003. He received the title of Citizen of Honour during a ceremony in Colmar. The title was awarded in recognition of Mr. Timken’s lifetime contributions to the Colmar community. Previously, in 1991, he was awarded the Legion of Honour, one of the highest recognitions by the Government of France for Timken’s outstanding contributions to French industry.

“This is an exceptional honour,” said W.R. Timken, Jr. “I moved here in 1965 and spent one year discovering the charm of Colmar. Since then, I have returned nearly every year and the city is now a second home to me. This has also been a good location for The Timken Company. We are proud of our operations here, proud of the employees and proud to be part of the Colmar community.” Close to the German and Swiss borders, Colmar is home to the European headquarters of The Timken Company.


In other news, Deb L. Miller, 46, has joined the company as senior vice-president of communications and community affairs and an officer of the company. In addition to leading the corporate and marketing communications functions, she will assume Jack Timken’s role in community affairs. Ms. Miller will report to Glenn A. Eisenberg, executive vice-president – finance and administration.

Ms. Miller was previously vice-president of corporate communications at Armstrong World Industries, where she also served as president of the Armstrong Foundation. Prior to that, she worked at Cummins Engine Company where she held roles in international marketing and investor relations before leading the corporate marketing and communications function. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University. Ms. Miller is also a certified public accountant.

Meanwhile, another Timken, W. J. (Tim) Timken, Jr., 36, has been appointed executive vice-president and president – Steel Group, reporting to James W. Griffith, president and CEO. W.J. Timken, Jr., who is currently corporate vice-president – office of the chairman, will assume leadership of the Steel Group upon the previously announced retirement of Bill J. Bowling, 62, executive vice-president, chief operating officer and president – Steel, effective at the end of the year.

It was W.J. Timken, Jr., that led the growth strategy team that was responsible for identifying and implementing the company’s largest-ever acquisition, that of the Torrington Company, which was acquired in February 2003.