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William C. Kunkler

Executive Vice President, CC Industries, Inc.

Executive Vice President
CC Industries, Inc.

William Kunkler is currently Executive Vice President – Operations for CC Industries, Inc. (CCI), a private equity firm focused on manufacturing companies and real estate investments.  He is also Vice President of Henry Crown and Company, the parent company of CCI.

Mr. Kunkler has over 40 years of manufacturing company experience.  He is responsible for general operating issues and investment decisions at each of CCI’s companies.  Prior to joining CCI in 1995, he was Executive Vice President for Marblehead Lime Company, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation.  Mr. Kunkler began his career at USG Corporation in 1979 as a project engineer.

In addition to his responsibilities at CCI, Mr. Kunkler has been a director of NIBCO Inc., a manufacturer of valves and fittings based in Elkhart, Indiana, since 2004.  Previously he was a director of Sears Holdings Corporation, a leading retailer of general merchandise, from 2009-2018. He is deputy chairman of the board of trustees of Brookfield Zoo; a member of the trustees of The Field Museum of Natural History; a co-chair of the American Business Immigration Coalition; a director of The Northwestern Memorial Foundation; and a board member and Chicago chairman of Business Executives for National Security (BENS).

Mr. Kunkler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and his Master of Management degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

CC Industries, Inc. (CCI) is an affiliate of Henry Crown and Company.  It is the primary ownership and management vehicle for the operating companies owned by the Crown Family of Chicago.

CCI manages its operating companies as a long term, value investor.  CCI management believes that value is created by stable and continuous support of capable operating management.  Frequently, assets are owned in partnership with senior managers.

As a holding company, CCI assists with strategic planning, ensures a system of financial controls, provides centralized expertise in specialized functions such as real estate, risk management and employee benefits, and provides certain project management services.  To support these activities, CCI employs a staff of around 90 in its Chicago offices.  CCI relies on local management of each company in its portfolio to exercise day-to-day responsibilities over operations.