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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

ST. LOUIS - Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, has announced that Tim Sullivan has been appointed to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors. A 25-year team member of the $2 billion global capital equipment and engineering solutions firm, Sullivan is currently Group President of two of its largest divisions, BW Papersystems and Paper Converting Machine Company. In addition to his role with Barry-Wehmiller, Sullivan is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame and an MBA from UCLA.

“Tim has been instrumental in helping us grow from a $20 million single-market business into the thriving $2 billion and growing organization that we are today,” said Chapman. “His vast organizational knowledge, strategic thinking capabilities, and deep commitment to our Truly Human Leadership vision will ensure that Barry-Wehmiller remains an industry leader that offers fulfilling work for its team members while creating value for all of our stakeholders. His addition to our distinguished group of directors offers invaluable perspective during an exciting period of growth and change for the organization.”

Sullivan joined Barry-Wehmiller in 1989 as the Director of Corporate Development to assist with acquisitions. Three years later, he was named VP of Customer Service, developing Barry-Wehmiller's Excellence in Service program, a philosophy that continues to permeate the company's operations. In 1994, Sullivan became Chief Financial Officer, again allowing him to play a significant role in the acquisition of companies into the Barry-Wehmiller family. In 1997 he became President of Barry-Wehmiller’s Pneumatic Scale Corp. (now PneumaticScaleAngelus). Under his leadership, Pneumatic Scale established an industry-leading performance record in customer service while introducing a new range of equipment. In 2005, Sullivan played a key role in the acquisition of Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), which added paper converting as Barry-Wehmiller’s fourth major operating platform. Today, as Group President, Sullivan provides leadership for the two largest Barry-Wehmiller divisions, BW Papersystems and Paper Converting Machine Company, with combined annual revenues of nearly $500 million and 2000 team members.  

“Becoming a member of the Board offers me a way to increase the depth to which I contribute to the company,” commented Sullivan. “I understand intimately the various industries and clients we serve and hope to bring an insider’s perspective when discussing the culture, strategy, direction and performance of our business and business units. With the acceleration of our growth, particularly outside of the US, it’s not hard to imagine a company of 20,000+ people that continues its position as a leader in our industries and our communities through our focus on a sustainable business model fueled by our people and our culture.”

Sullivan’s appointment fills the seat of outgoing Board member Jim Lawson, retiring Barry-Wehmiller Vice President and CFO. “Jim has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of our Company as we know it today,” said Chapman.  “During his tenure, Barry-Wehmiller acquired more than 60 companies and experienced year after year of significant revenue growth.” 

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 Sullivan, 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; 
  • 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; 
  • Tim Noonan, Vice President of Boeing’s Ventures; Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow;
  • 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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