William Cook

Chairman of the Board


Mr. Cook is Axalta's Chairman of the Board. He served as the Executive Chairman of the Board for Donaldson Company, Inc. from 2015 to 2016 until his retirement; served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2015; and was the President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2005. Throughout his 35-year career at Donaldson, a technology-driven global company that designs and manufactures innovative filtration systems and their replacement parts, Mr. Cook served in numerous senior executive positions in both the U.S. and Europe, including as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, International. Mr. Cook has served on the Board of Directors of IDEX Corporation, a global applied solutions company, since 2008 and is currently the Board’s non-Executive Chairman and a member of the Audit Committee. Since 2016, Mr. Cook has been a Director of Neenah, Inc., a technical products, fine paper, and packaging products company, serving as non-Executive Chairman since May 2019 and as a member of the Audit Committee. Previously, Mr. Cook also served on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Valspar Corporation from 2010-2017. Mr. Cook holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).