William R. Timken Jr.
Nominated in 2005 by President Bush as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of Germany and confirmed by the Senate, W. R. (Tim) Timken ended 43 years in the private sector with the Timken Company where he served over 30 years as Board Chairman. He also served as President and CEO during his career. Ambassador Timken assumed his post in Germany in August 2005 and completed his tour in December 2008.
In 2003, President Bush nominated and the Senate confirmed Ambassador Timken as a member of Board of Directors of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation. The President chose him as a Chairman. He left in 2005 to assume his Ambassadorship. The SIPC was established by Congress in 1970 to serve an insurance function for equity investors in the case of brokerage fraud. It functions somewhat like the FDIC. During the period 1999-2002, Ambassador Timken served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization of over 14,000 member companies.
During his private sector career, Ambassador Timken also served on the boards of four other large public companies. They were the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company, Trinova Corporation, Diebold, Inc. and Texas Energy. Ambassador Timken has also served as Chairman of the Ohio Business Roundtable and the Regional Business Council of Northeastern Ohio.
Ambassador Timken has been involved with education at all levels. He has served as a Trustee of Stanford University, The Hoover Institution and Chairman of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Business School and the Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD). He co-founded the Stark County Education Partnership and the Canton Country Day School. He has served more than 30 years on the Board of the Professional Football Hall of Fame and Museum. Ambassador Timken served 24 years on the US-Japan Business Council.
As a result of her efforts with German Muslim minorities, President Kohler awarded Sue Timken the Vierdenstkrenz am Bande (Cross of Merit) for her contributions to Germany. For her work with wounded servicemen and women at Landsthul Hospital, the United States Secretary of the Army awarded her the Armies Public Service Award.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Ambassador Timken is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Mass. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1960 from Stanford University and in 1962 a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Ambassador Timken and his wife, Sue, live in Canton, Ohio. They have six children.