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William A. Finn

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Bill Finn joined Asten, Inc. in 1972 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984 and assumed the additional position of Chairman in 1994.  In 1999, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AstenJohnson, Inc.  On October 1, 2006, Finn retired as Chief Executive Officer but remains Chairman.

AstenJohnson, Inc. serves the paper industry globally.  AstenJohnson was created in 1999 as a result of the merger of two well established family businesses (Asten founded in 1885 and JWI founded in 1790). Its products are sold in over 50 countries primarily to the paper industry. It has operations in five states, two Canadian provinces, Belgium, the Czech Republic and China.  AstenJohnson's Corporate Headquarters have been in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1986. 

 In 1998, Finn received the Milliken Medal of Quality from the South Carolina Quality Forum for his leadership, innovation and achievements.

Finn currently serves as a Vice Chairman of Santee Cooper (South Carolina Public Service Authority) and a director of Seaman Corporation Wooster, OH and Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.(NYSE).  He has always been active in his community and he is currently a Board member of the SCETV Endowment, recently Chairman of Trident United Way and serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.

He is a past member of the Palmetto Business Forum.  Finn is a member and Past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the School of Business of the College of Charleston and the Charleston Regional Development Authority.  Mr. Finn has also been active in manufacturing issues locally and statewide and was Past Chairman of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. Finn also serves as a trustee of  Philadelphia University.

He is a member of the World Presidents' Organization and the Chief Executives Organization.

Finn received a bachelor's degree in Textile Engineering from the Philadelphia University and a Master's Degree in Textile Engineering from the Institute of Textile Technology.  He is also a graduate of the President's Program at Harvard Business School.

He and his wife, Prudence, reside in Charleston.