J. Harold Chandler has been elected chairman, president and chief executive officer of Milliken & Co. following the resignation of Joseph M. Salley as president and ceo and as a member of the company’s board.

Chandler has served on the Milliken board for 14 years and as its chairman for the past five years.

“We sincerely thank Joe Salley for his service to Milliken, which covers a span of 20 years, the past eight as its president and ceo, Chandler said. “I am honored to take on the additional roles of president and ceo. I look forward to working with a uniquely qualified group of executives, associates and board members. Our initial step will be to ensure an effective transition and to maintain the positive momentum from which the company is currently benefiting. Together, we will continue to innovate, contribute to Spartanburg and our other communities, and be a leader in our industry.”

There as no reason given for Sally’s resignation.

Based in Spartanburg, S.C., Milliken was founded in 1865 and has 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, France, China, India and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

The company’s product sectors include apparel and industrial textiles, chemical, floor covering and performance materials.

Harold Chandler is a native of South Carolina and product of a textile family. He graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, where he has served on its board of trustees for 24 years, the last five as its chairman. He received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina and later completed post-graduate studies at the Harvard Business School.

Chandler is a veteran of the diversified financial services industry, where he has served as chairman, president and ceo while also contributing to the boards of directors of eight public and family-owned companies over the past 30 years.

Roger Milliken, one of the most legendary figures in the U.S. textile industry, died in 2010 while still chairman of Milliken. The enigmatic billionaire and grandson of founder Seth Milliken wielded political influence and power in the nation’s capital for more than 50 years, endorsing and funding conservative political candidates and shaping the debate over the domestic consequences of globalization and free trade.

At the time, Milliken was considered to be the largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturer in the U.S.

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