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Thomas J. Falk,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
A 30-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.
Mark A. Buthman,
Chief Financial Officer
Mark A. Buthman is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Mr. Buthman was named to his current position in 2003. As Chief Financial Officer, his scope of responsibility extends beyond Finance and Accounting and includes Real Estate, Investor Relations, and Information Technology Services.
He joined Kimberly-Clark in 1982, and throughout his tenure has held a wide range of leadership roles in the areas of analysis, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Buthman has led or participated in more than 50 acquisitions or divestitures totaling more than $15 billion in value. Most notably, he was a member of the three-person team that coordinated the overall integration of Kimberly-Clark and Scott Paper operations following the 1995 merger.
Among his achievements, Mr. Buthman championed the company's investment in the SAP information systems platform in North America and sponsored the implementation of a redesigned performance management process, which delivers a best-in-class process to support Kimberly-Clark's overall talent management strategy.
Mr. Buthman is an active participant in the Standard & Poor's Corporate Executive Council, the Dallas Area CFO Roundtable and the Council of Chief Financial Officers of the Conference Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Kimberly-Clark de Mexico and West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Mr. Buthman holds a BA in finance from the University of Iowa. He, his wife Tammy and their children reside in the Dallas, Texas, area.
Robert E. Abernathy,
Group President of Europe, Global Nonwovens, Continuous Improvement and Sustainability
Robert E. Abernathy is group president of Europe, Global Nonwovens, Continuous Improvement and Sustainability for Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Mr. Abernathy is responsible for overseeing the company's strategic changes in its European operations, leading the technology development and manufacturing of Global Nonwovens, driving continuous improvement processes throughout Kimberly-Clark's business units and functions, and leveraging the company's sustainability efforts.
Formerly Mr. Abernathy was group president of North Atlantic Consumer Products, overseeing the company's North Atlantic Personal Care and Family Care businesses, which is home to some of the world's most recognized and trusted consumer brands, including Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, Cottonelle, Scott, Andrex and Scottex. In that role, Mr. Abernathy had direct responsibility for the company's personal care and family care businesses in North America and Europe, including disposable diapers, training and youth pants, baby wipes, facial tissue, bath tissue, paper towels and menstrual and incontinence products. He also oversaw the company's U.S., Canadian and European consumer sales forces, marketing services, global supply chain organizations and was responsible for leading Kimberly-Clark's Global Nonwovens businesses.
Mr. Abernathy joined Kimberly-Clark in 1982 as a research scientist and later held management positions in the company's diaper and tissue operations. He held plant manager positions at Beech Island, South Carolina, and Jenks, Oklahoma, before being named vice president of Diaper Operations in 1992. He was elected managing director for Kimberly-Clark Australia the following year. In 1996, he was elected group president of Kimberly-Clark, appointed group president of Business-to-Business in 1998, named group president of Developing and Emerging Markets in 2004, group president of North Atlantic Consumer Products in 2008, and to his current position in 2012.
Mr. Abernathy was born in San Marcos, Texas, in 1954. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama and a master's degree from the Institute of Paper Chemistry.
Mr. Abernathy is based at Kimberly-Clark's operations headquarters in Neenah, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Laura, have two children.