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Tim Noonan Named to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors

Monday, January 26, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

ST. LOUIS - Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, has announced that Tim Noonan has been appointed to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors. Noonan is Vice President, Ventures, part of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.  Ventures works with Boeing entrepreneurs to validate, accelerate and commercialize promising business ideas.   He is a member of the Aspen Institute and a former United States Marine Corps officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. 

“Tim is an accomplished executive with a global organization whose leadership philosophy aligns closely to Barry-Wehmiller’s Truly Human Leadership vision,” said Chapman. “His experience, education and deep commitment to fulfilling work environments that create value for all stakeholders make him an ideal addition to our group of very competent directors. We are honored that someone of his caliber will be sharing his unique perspective and passion with our organization.” 

Since 2009, Noonan has provided leadership for Ventures, Boeing’s innovative program fostering entrepreneurship throughout the enterprise. In 2008, he was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, the prestigious business and civic leadership development organization. In addition, Noonan serves on the board of The Mission Continues, a leading socially-innovative organization challenging veterans to serve their country in new ways. He is also a founding board member of Friends of Soldiers Memorial in St. Louis and serves on the Board of Advisors at Project FROG.  

“Over the last two decades, Barry-Wehmiller has built not only an enduring business that creates shareholder value but also an enduring culture that values all members of the team,” commented Noonan.  “They’ve excelled at building and scaling a culture that represents what it takes to compete, not only domestically but globally, while having the discipline to execute a clear strategy to deliver top-tier results and the capacity to take care of everyone along the way. At the current rate of growth, Barry-Wehmiller has the potential to become one of the best and best run at-scale private companies in the United States. I am looking forward to being part of the team that makes that happen.”

Noonan’s appointment fills the seat of retiring Board member Lou Umsted, President of Umsted Investments and former Vice Chairman of American National Can Company (ANC). Umsted became a director in 1982. “Lou joined us during our growth spurt and made a tremendous contribution,” Chapman said. “He was very supportive of our early initiatives as we worked to penetrate new markets that complemented our historic brewery business.” 

Established in St. Louis in 1885 as a manufacturer of bottle washers and pasteurizers for the brewing industry, Barry-Wehmiller has grown through the acquisition of more than 70 companies into a global $2 billion capital equipment and engineering technology firm. Its headquarters remain in St. Louis (MO), USA.

With the appointment of Noonan, Barry-Wehmiller’s Board comprises 13 Directors: 

  • Robert H. Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO; 
  • Richard F. Ford, former Managing General Partner of Gateway Associates and former President of Centerre Bank and Centerre Bancorporation of St. Louis; 
  • Brian W. Hotarek, President and CEO of BI-LO Holdings, LLC and former Executive Vice President and CFO of Ahold USA, Inc.; 
  • Robert J. Lanigan, Chairman Emeritus of Owens-Illinois and founding Partner of Palladium Equity Partners; 
  • James W. Lawson, Barry-Wehmiller Vice President and CFO and former President of Pneumatic Scale Corporation;
  • John Morton III, former President of the Premier Bank at Bank of America and former Chairman, CEO and President of Boatmen’s National Bank of St. Louis; 
  • Eric L. Motley, Ph.D., Vice President of the Aspen Institute and former Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors; 
  • Tom Patterson, General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners;
  • William D. Smithburg, former Chairman and CEO of The Quaker Oats Company; 
  • John S. Stroup, President and CEO of Belden and former Group Executive of Danaher Motion Group; 
  • W.W. “Chet” Walker, Senior Managing Director of Forsyth Capital Investors and former Managing Partner of Bank of America Capital Investors; 
  • Peter C. Wallace, President and CEO of Robbins & Myers, Inc. and former president and CEO of Rexnord Corporation.


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