Mr. Cooke will replace current President Rod Crawford, who previously announced his intention to retire in June 2022. The two will work closely together to ensure a successful transition until Mr. Crawford’s retirement.
Samuel’s Manufacturing Division is highly diversified, includes multiple lines of business and serves customers in numerous end markets. Utilizing his leadership expertise and more than 30 years of experience at leading global operations, Mr. Cooke will play a critical role in further developing Samuel’s diverse manufacturing portfolio. He will be located at Samuel’s Woodridge, Illinois facility.
“I am thrilled to welcome Brian to Samuel and know he will be a valuable addition to our team. We are continuing to invest to accelerate growth in our Manufacturing business, and Brian’s proven leadership will help take us to the next level,” said Colin Osborne, Samuel’s President and CEO. “In addition, I would like to thank Rod for his years of service to Samuel, and for the success our Manufacturing Division achieved under his leadership. On behalf of our owners, Board of Directors, and team, I would like to wish Rod well in his upcoming retirement.”
“Samuel is a world-class organization, and its group of manufacturing businesses are each a leader in their own right,” said Brian Cooke, Samuel’s incoming President of Manufacturing. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this growing business and look forward to working with this talented team to deliver an exceptional customer experience.”
Brian Cooke is a manufacturing industry veteran, most recently serving as division president at Mauser Packaging Solutions, a multi-billion-dollar global leader in packaging solutions and services. Prior to Mauser, Mr. Cooke spent 20 years at Johnson Controls International in several divisional and functional leadership positions. Mr. Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.