Joe Salley is President & Chief Executive Officer of Milliken & Company, headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Milliken is a leading, privately-held, technology-based company with businesses in the performance material, floor covering and chemical markets. Joe has been with Milliken for 20 years, holding a variety of positions. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2006, then as Chief Executive Officer in 2008.
Inspired by shared values of ethics, excellence, and leadership, Milliken’s passionately-engaged, community of innovators combine unique insights, deep science, and meaningful design to do good for the world, to create new experiences for customers, and to build for the future. The company’s success is enabled by a principle-centered approach committed to strategic, financial, operational, talent, and innovation leadership.
Milliken has received many awards for innovation including 5 R&D 100 Awards in the last 3 years, an annual recognition of the 100 most technologically-significantly, new products. Milliken has been named as one of the “Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE Magazine four times since 2006 and has been recognized as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere every year since the inception of the award in 2007. The company has been recognized by Business Week as one of the “Best Companies to Launch a Career” and by the Corporate University Xchange and the Financial Times for Excellence in Corporate Education. Milliken is a global benchmark in workplace safety and environmental stewardship and one of the few companies to earn both the Malcolm Baldrige Quality and TPM Awards.
Prior to joining Milliken, Joe received a B.S. in Chemistry from The Citadel and an M.S. and PhD. in Chemical
Engineering from Stanford University. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Chamber of
Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Citadel Foundation and the Society of Chemical
Industry Executive Committee, and the Board of the American Chemistry Council. Joe is a member of both the
Palmetto Business Forum and the Management Executives’ Society.