Former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
Chairman, Strategic Public Partners Group
The Timken Company (Retired)
William Robert Timken, Jr., served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany from August 2005 to December 2008.
Ambassador Timken currently serves as Chairman of Strategic Public Partners Group, a public relations company. He was previously the non-executive Chairman of the Timken Company. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors until year-end 2003. During his 43-year tenure with the company, Mr. Timken has served in many positions including President, CEO and as Chairman for over 30 years. Ambassador Timken received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1960 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1962.
His business experience includes service on the boards of directors of numerous public companies. He has also chaired the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute and the Ohio Business Roundtable. He has served on the Advisory Council of the Stanford University School of Business and was a member of the U.S.-Japan Business Council for 20 years. In 2003, he received a presidential appointment to serve as Chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. He has also served ten years on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University.
Mr. Timken has received many honors and awards. He is a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and an honorary citizen of Colmar, France. He has received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, the Adam Smith Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been named Ohio Business Statesman of the Year and has received the Ohio Governors Award.
Cleveland Clinic – Director
First Elected to Cleveland Clinic Board in 2010
Board Committees: Government and Community Relations, Research and Education (Chair)