Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kimberly-Clark
A 29-year Kimberly-Clark veteran, Thomas J. Falk is the architect of the company's Global Business Plan, which is positioning Kimberly-Clark to lead the world in essentials for a better life. He was elected Chief Executive Officer in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2003. He is one of only eight CEOs in the history of our company.
At Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Falk has held positions of increasing responsibility and authority. Since being appointed CEO in 2002 and Chairman in 2003, Mr. Falk has led Kimberly-Clark through Global Business Plans designed to increase the company's sales and profitability. Under his leadership, Kimberly-Clark has grown sales to $20.8 billion as of 2011. Kimberly-Clark has approximately 57,000 employees worldwide and operations in 36 countries.
Before joining the internal audit staff of Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin, in 1983, Mr. Falk was with the accounting firm of Alexander Grant & Co. He became Senior Auditor at Kimberly-Clark in 1984 and Senior Financial Analyst in 1986. He was promoted to Director of Corporate Strategic Analysis in 1987.
In 1989, under Kimberly-Clark sponsorship, he earned a master of science degree in management as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Following graduation, he became Operations Manager for Infant Care at the Beech Island, South Carolina, diaper plant in 1989.
Mr. Falk was elected Vice President of Operations Analysis and Control in 1990. In this role, he negotiated the divestiture of Spruce Falls Power and Paper, a newsprint subsidiary jointly owned by Kimberly-Clark and The New York Times, by transferring ownership control to its employees. Mr. Falk was elected Senior Vice President of Analysis and Administration in 1991, reporting to Chairman and CEO Wayne R. Sanders.
In 1993, Mr. Falk was elected Group President of Infant and Child Care with responsibility for Huggies diapers, the company's best-selling product, and for Pull-Ups training pants. He became Group President of North American Consumer Products in early 1995. In this role, he led the company's consumer and professional tissue businesses, U.S. consumer sales and U.S. consumer business services.
In 1996, he took on additional responsibilities for the company's then pulp and newsprint operations, its premium business and correspondence papers business, wet wipes business and two staff functions: human resources and environment and energy.
He was elected Group President - Global Tissue and Paper in December 1998, adding global oversight for the company's consumer and professional tissue and wet wipes businesses to his existing responsibilities. He was elected as President and Chief Operating Officer and to the company's Board of Directors in November 1999.
Mr. Falk serves on the Boards of Lockheed Martin, Global Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst and the University of Wisconsin Foundation and as a National Governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin in 1980.
Mr. Falk was born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1958. He and his wife, Karen, have one son.