WESTLAKE, OH – The board of directors of Nordson Corp. has named Michael F. Hilton as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 16, 2010. Hilton, who will also join the Nordson Board of Directors, will succeed retiring President and Chief Executive Officer Edward P. Campbell. Campbell will continue to serve as Nordson’s Chairman of the Board until the company’s Feb. 16, 2010, annual meeting of shareholders, at which time he will be succeeded by current Nordson Director Joseph P. Keithley.
Hilton has served since September 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Air Products and Chemicals Inc., with specific responsibility for leading the company’s $2 billion global Electronics and Performance Materials segment. He joins Nordson after a 33-year career at Air Products.
“The Nordson board was enthusiastically unanimous in its selection of Hilton,” said Stephen R. Hardis, Nordson’s Lead Director. “The board’s process for selecting Nordson’s next leader was a deliberate and thorough one and included the careful consideration of several worthy external and internal candidates. Mike best fit our criteria of a diversely experienced leader who has consistently delivered shareholder value by driving strong results in sophisticated global businesses with multiple markets, customers, products and units. He combines his ability to execute with the highest level of personal integrity and a keen understanding of the importance of organizational culture. We believe Mike is the ideal individual to drive Nordson’s continuing success for years to come.”