Canton, Ohio — The Timken Company has named Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr., chairman, effective August 15. The appointment follows the July 29 United States Senate confirmation of W.R. Timken, Jr., as U.S. Ambassador to Germany and his subsequent resignation as chairman and member of the Timken board, effective August 14.
The new chairman, 38, joined The Timken Company in 1992 and was elected to the board in 2002. In April 2005, he was named vice-chairman while continuing to serve as president of the company’s Steel Group, guiding that business, which had $1.2 billion in sales in 2004, to record levels of profitability.
Upon his resignation, former chairman W.R. Timken, Jr., said, “I leave The Timken Company with a sense of pride and a tinge of sadness after an affiliation of more than 47 years. However, I have great faith in the new leadership and an excellent board of directors. I am confident this company is poised for continued strong growth.”
Since its founding by Henry Timken in 1899, the company has had five chairmen, all Timken family members. After becoming a public company in 1922, the company adopted a practice of engaging professional executives to lead the company. Mr. Timken and James W. Griffith, president and CEO, 51, will work together within the office of the chairman.
“It is a great honour to be entrusted with leadership as we fulfill a new vision and continue to build momentum in pursuit of strategic global growth,” the new chairman Timken said. “I look forward to working with our leadership team as an advocate of our core values, to enhance our brand reputation, and to build upon our expertise in friction management and power transmission.”
Before leading the Steel Group, Mr. Timken served as a corporate vice president in the office of the chairman. He played a key role in the 2003 acquisition of The Torrington Company, which was instrumental in the company’s strategic transformation. The Torrington acquisition is the largest in Timken’s history, increasing the size of the company by 50% and providing a broader range of friction-management products and services.
He also has extensive experience in international business, including key positions with the company’s operations in Europe and Latin America in the 1990s. In addition to his strategic development and leadership role at this Fortune 500 company, he continues to be responsible for government and community affairs.