William R. Timken

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William Robert Timken, Jr.
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United States Ambassador to Germany
In office
September 2, 2005 – December 5, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDan Coats
Succeeded byPhil Murphy
Personal details
Born (1938-12-21) December 21, 1938 (age 80)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materPhillips Academy, Stanford University, Harvard Business School

William Robert Timken, Jr. (born December 21, 1938) is an American industrialist, businessman and former diplomat. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in the 2005–2008 timespan. He has served at The Timken Company (which his great-grandfather Henry Timken founded) as chairman of the board of directors, president and CEO. Timken has been chairman of Securities Investor Protection Corporation, National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute and the Ohio Business Roundtable. He also served on the advisory council of the Stanford University School of Business and the U.S.-Japan Business Council.

Timken is an honorary citizen of Colmar, France. He attended Phillips Academy, received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married with 6 children.[1] He was recipient of the Gold Medallion Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009.[2]

He is of German descent and was honored by the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA in 2009. His great-grandfather was from Tarmstedt, Germany, near the city of Bremen.[3]

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  1. ^ "William R. Timken Jr". Council of American Ambassadors. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  2. ^ "Gold Medallion - 2009 Ambassador William Robert "Tim"Timken, Jr. (USA)". International Swimming Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  3. ^ "Ambassador Timken's Journey to His German Roots". United States Diplomatic Mission to Germany. 2006-07-07. Retrieved 2008-10-29.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Dan Coats
United States Ambassador to Germany
September 2, 2005–December 5, 2008
Succeeded by
Phil Murphy