The Company is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are elected annually by the stockholders. Pursuant to the By-Laws, the Board of Directors may increase or decrease the number of directors from time to time, but not to less than three. At present there are nine directors. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held quarterly. Pursuant to the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, a meeting of the non-management directors is normally held in conjunction with each regular meeting. The “non-management” directors include all of the directors other than A. William Higgins, the President and Chief Executive Officer.
Persons may communicate directly with the non-management directors as a group by writing to:
Chairman of the Board
Albany International Corp.
216 Airport Drive
Rochester, NH 03867
Erland E. Kailbourne
Chairman of the BoardERLAND E. KAILBOURNE has been a Director of the Company since 1999 and Chairman of the Board since January 2020. He previously served as Chairman from May 2008 until February 2019. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (New York Region) of Fleet National Bank, a banking subsidiary of Fleet Financial Group, Inc., in 1998. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Bank, also a banking subsidiary of Fleet Financial Group, Inc., from 1993 until its merger into Fleet National Bank in 1997, and also served as Vice Chairman of the State University of New York (SUNY) from 1995 until 1999. He is Chairman of the Board of Rand Capital Corporation, and a director of the two insurance companies that comprise the Allegany Insurance Group, Rev LNG Holdings, LLC and Rev LNG, LLC. Mr. Kailbourne’s broad experience as a director on numerous boards of public and private companies and foundations, his 38 years of experience in banking and finance, and his operational experience as chief executive officer of large organizations make him a valuable addition to the board of any public or private company, especially in oversight of risk management, liquidity, and finance matters. Age 80.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gunnar Kleveland, 54, joined the Company in 2023 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Albany he served for nearly two decades in a number of industrial and aerospace leadership roles at Textron Inc. Most recently as President and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a designer and manufacturer of a range of vehicles for commercial and consumer applications. Prior to that, he served as President of TRU Simulation + Training Inc, Textron’s simulation and training business. Earlier in his Textron career, he was an executive at Bell Helicopter, where he was responsible for all aspects of supply chain, assembly, and manufacturing operations for Bell’s commercial and military programs.
Prior to joining Textron in 2004, he was a fighter pilot in the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and finished his 15-year career in the air force as the Chief of Flight Safety.
Christina M. Alvord
DirectorCHRISTY ALVORD has been a director since February of 2022. She previously served in various roles at Vulcan Materials Company, from 2016 to 2021, including President, Southern and Gulf Coast Division; President, Central Division; and Vice President, Performance Improvement. Prior to 2016 Ms. Alvord held various technical and executive leadership positions at the GE Aviation unit of General Electric Company, including General Manager, Turbine Airfoils Center of Excellence; President, Unison Industries; and President, Middle River Aircraft Systems. Ms Alvord holds holds a B.S. degree in Political Science, and a B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Ms. Alvord’s extensive experience in manufacturing environments as well as her previous responsibilities with GE Aviation, will contribute to the Company’s focus on lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes, particularly as the Albany Engineered Composites segment continues to grow. She brings to the role significant knowledge and experience regarding talent management, manufacturing operations and strategic development in the aerospace industry. Age 54.
A. William Higgins
DirectorA. WILLIAM HIGGINS has been a Director of the Company since September 2016, and President and CEO since January 2020. He previously served as Chairman of the Board from February 2019 until January 2020. Mr. Higgins currently serves as a director of Kaman Corporation, a diversified aerospace and industrial distribution company, where he is a member of the finance and compensation committees. He previously served on the board of Bristow Group Inc., a global industrial aviation services provider, from 2016 until October 2019. (Bristow filed a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in May, 2019, from which it successfully emerged in October, 2019.) He served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of CIRCOR International, Inc. from 2008 to 2012. Prior to March 2008, Mr. Higgins held the offices of President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CIRCOR. Prior to joining CIRCOR in 2005, he spent thirteen years in a variety of senior management positions with Honeywell International and AlliedSignal. (Leslie Controls, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CIRCOR and an entity for which Mr. Higgins served as a director and Vice President, filed a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 reorganization in July 2010 to resolve asbestos liability claims. The subsidiary successfully emerged from bankruptcy the following year.) Mr. Higgins’s professional background as a chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer and chairman of a public company, as well as his prior experience at Honeywell and Allied Signal, provides the Board with additional valuable perspective on talent development, international operations and global strategic development, lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes, and the aerospace and defense industries. Age 63.
Kenneth W. Krueger
DirectorKENNETH W. KRUEGER has been a Director of the Company since December 2016. Mr. Krueger currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Manitowoc Company, Inc. He has been a member of the Manitowoc Board of Directors since 2004. From October 2015 until March 2016, he also served as Manitowoc’s interim President and CEO. Mr. Krueger served as Chief Operating Officer of Bucyrus International, Inc., a global manufacturer of mining equipment, from 2006 to 2009, having previously served as Executive Vice President from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Krueger also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of A.O. Smith Corp., a global manufacturer of water heating and treatment systems, from 2000 to 2005, and as Vice President, Finance and Planning for the Hydraulics, Semiconductor and Specialty Controls business segment of Eaton Corporation in 1999 and 2000. Mr. Krueger has served as a director of Douglas Dynamics, Inc. since 2012, where he is currently chair of the audit committee and also serves on the compensation and nominating and governance committees. Mr. Krueger’s contributions to the Company’s Board include his experience as a chief operating officer, chief executive officer and chairman of a public company, his board experience at other public companies, and his prior treasury and financial reporting experience. Age 65.
J. Michael McQuade, Ph. D.
DirectorJ. MICHAEL McQUADE, Ph.D. has been a director of the Company since December 2020. He currently serves as Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University, a private, global research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also served on the Defense Innovation Board of the Unites States Department of Defense. From 2006 to 2018, he served as Senior Vice President, Science & Technology at United Technologies Company which, prior to its merger with Raytheon Technologies Company, was a diversified company with extensive aerospace operations. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. McQuade was Vice President of 3M Medical Business Unit and from 2000 to 2001 President, Kodak Health Imaging Business Unit and Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak. Prior to 2000, Mr. McQuade held various technical and managerial positions at the health imagining businesses of Kodak, 3M Company and Imation. Dr. McQuade holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. His extensive background in research and development, program management, and innovation are valuable attributes for oversight of the Company’s research and development operations as well as its Albany Engineered Composites segment, which seeks to grow as a key supplier to customers in the aerospace industry. Age 66.
Mark J. Murphy
DirectorMARK J. MUPRHY has been a director of the Company since May 2020. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU), an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solutions. Mr. Murphy joined Micron as CFO in April 2022 and is responsible for all financial functions including tax, treasury, internal audit and investor relations. From June 2016 until joining Micron, Mr. Murphy was Chief Financial Officer of Quorvo, Inc., a leading provider of wireless and wired connectivity solutions. He was previously executive vice president and CFO of Delphi Automotive, PLC, a supplier of advanced technologies to the automotive industry. Mr. Murphy joined Delphi from Praxair, Inc., a global industrial gas supplier, where he was president of the U.S. Industrial Gases business, and before that, president of Praxair's Surface Technologies and Electronic Materials division. He previously served as senior vice president and CFO of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., corporate controller of Praxair, president of Praxair's Electronics division and vice president of finance for Praxair Asia based in Shanghai. Mr. Murphy's experience as a CFO and general manager in high technology industrial businesses, including those serving aerospace and advanced materials markets, and his extensive experience working in Asia and Europe make him qualified to serve as a director. Age 54
Katharine L. Plourde
DirectorKATHARINE L. PLOURDE has been a Director of the Company since May 2013. She was a principal and analyst at the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. (“DLJ”) until November 1997. Since that time, she has engaged in private investing. She previously served as a director of Pall Corporation, a global provider of filtration, separation and purification products and systems, from 1995 until its acquisition by Danaher Corporation in 2015, and of OM Group Inc. (OMG), a provider of specialty chemicals, advanced materials and technologies, from 2002 until OMG was acquired by Apollo Global Management in 2015. She also previously served as lead independent director of OMG and on the audit committees of OMG and Pall. She has also served on the board of directors of Evercore Equity Fund, a publicly traded mutual fund, since November 2014. Ms. Plourde brings significant analytical and financial expertise to the Board in a number of critical areas, including investor relations, financial reporting, accounting, corporate finance, and capital markets. Ms. Plourde’s years of service on the nominating/governance committees at Pall and OM Group have also given her significant Board governance experience and contributed to her expertise on governance issues generally. Age 70.
John R. Scannell
DirectorJOHN R. SCANNELL has been a Director of the Company since February 2012. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moog Inc., a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of high-performance precision motion and fluid control systems for a broad range of applications, since January 2014. Mr. Scannell joined Moog in 1990 as an Engineering Manager of Moog Ireland and later became Operations Manager of Moog GmbH in Germany. In 1999, he became the General Manager of Moog Ireland, and in 2003 moved to the Aircraft Group in East Aurora, New York, as the Boeing 787 Program Manager. He was named Moog’s Director of Contracts and Pricing in 2005. Mr. Scannell was elected Vice President of Moog in 2005 and Chief Financial Officer in 2007, a position he held until December 2010, at which time he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. In December 2011, he was named Moog’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Scannell also serves on the Board of M&T Bank. Mr. Scannell’s range of management experience in engineering, operations management, contracts, and finance, along with his in-depth knowledge of aerospace markets, products, and technologies, make him highly qualified to serve as a Director. In addition to an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Mr. Scannell holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland. Age 58.
Russel E. Toney
DirectorRussell E. Toney has been a director of the Company since March 2022. Since March 2023 he has been President of Nortek Air Solutions, a leading manufacturer of custom air handling solutions for commercial, industrial and educational facilities. From 2018 to March 2023 he was been President, Specialty Products Group at Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company. From 2015 to 2018 he served as Dover’s Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing, where he also had responsibility for its Global Innovation center in India. Before joining Dover, Mr. Toney spent 13 years at General Electric Company where he held various sales and leadership positions in its plastics business, as well as supply chain and leadership roles at its energy business. Prior to that, he was a strategy consultant with Boston Consulting Group and worked in engineered and manufacturing roles at Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Toney holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Age 52.
Board Committees The Board has three standing committees:
Independence of Directors
The NYSE Rules require that our Board have a majority of "independent" directors, and that the Compensation and Governance Committees be composed entirely of "independent" directors. The Board of Directors has determined that all of its members, with the exception of A. William Higgins, are "independent" under the NYSE Rules. Mr. Higgins does not serve on any Committees of the Board.
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Albany International Corp.
216 Airport Drive
Rochester, NH 03867