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Corporate Governance

Brady Code of Ethics and Corporate Governance Principles

Brady strives to conduct its business under the highest ethical standards. By putting our ethics and values first, we will continue to be a company people want to work for, do business with, and invest in. We are committed to upholding sound principles of corporate governance and remaining in compliance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange and other applicable governmental rules and regulations.

The following documents are to help our investors understand our principles and commitment to ethical behavior.

Board Committees

Brady Corporation’s board committees are listed below. Links to the Audit, Corporate Governance and Management Development & Compensation Committee charters are below and provide additional insight into the purpose and responsibilities of the committees.

Brady Corporation's board committees include:

Board Committee Members

  Audit Committee Management Development &
Compensation Committee
Corporate Governance Committee Finance Committee Technology Committee
Patrick W. Allender
Financial Expert
MEMBER   MEMBER CHAIRPERSON
 
Gary Balkema
Financial Expert
MEMBER CHAIRPERSON
     
Dr. David S. Bem   MEMBER     MEMBER
Dr. Elizabeth P. Bruno     CHAIRPERSON MEMBER MEMBER
Nancy L. Gioia   MEMBER     CHAIRPERSON
Conrad G. Goodkind MEMBER   MEMBER MEMBER  
Dr. Frank W. Harris   MEMBER     MEMBER
Bradley C. Richardson
Financial Expert
CHAIRPERSON   MEMBER MEMBER
Dr. Michelle E. Williams   MEMBER     MEMBER

Board Members

 

Patrick W. Allender

Mr. Allender was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. He serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees. He served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Danaher Corporation from 1998 to 2005 and Executive Vice President from 2005 to 2007. Additionally, he served as a public accountant at Arthur Andersen LLC from 1968 to 1985. He has served as a director of Colfax Corporation since 2008 and Diebold, Inc. since May 2011. Mr. Allender’s strong background in finance and accounting, as well as his past experience as the CFO of a public company, provides the Board with financial expertise and insight.

 

Gary S. Balkema

Mr. Balkema was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. He serves as the Chair of the Management Development & Compensation Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. From 2000 to 2011, he served as the President of Bayer Healthcare LLC and Worldwide Consumer Care Division, which has four billion dollars in sales and over 5,400 employees. He was also responsible for overseeing Bayer LLC USA’s compliance program. He has over 20 years of general management experience. Mr. Balkema brings strong experience in consumer marketing skills and mergers and acquisitions and integrations. His broad operating and functional experience are valuable to the Company given the diverse nature of the Company’s portfolio.

 

Dr. David S. Bem

Dr. Bem was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. He serves as a member of the Technology Committee. Dr. Bem is Vice President, Science and Technology and Chief Technology Officer of PPG. Prior to PPG, he spent 8 years at Dow Chemical Company in a number of research and development roles, most recently as Vice President, Research and Development Consumer Solutions and Infrastructure Solutions, and also worked in research and development roles at Celanese Corporation and UOP/Honeywell International, Inc. Dr. Bem’s extensive experience in technology and research and development provides the Board with important expertise in new product development and innovation.

 

Dr. Elizabeth P. Bruno

Elizabeth P. Bruno, Ph.D - Dr. Bruno was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003. She serves as a member of the Corporate Governance and Technology Committees. Dr. Bruno is the President of the Brady Education Foundation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the granddaughter of William H. Brady, Jr., the founder of Brady Corporation. As a result of her substantial ownership stake in the Company, as well as her family's history with the Company, she is well positioned to understand, articulate and advocate for the rights and interests of the Company's shareholders.

Nancy Lee Gioia

Nancy L. Gioia - Ms. Gioia was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. She serves as the Chair of the Technology Committee and is a member of the Management Development and Compensation Committee. She was the Director, Global Electrical Connectivity and User Experience for Ford Motor Company until her retirement in 2014, where she also held a variety of engineering and technology roles including, Director, Global Electrification; Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs; Director, North America Current Vehicle Model Quality; Engineering Director, Visteon/Ford Due Diligence; Engineering Director, Small Front Wheel Drive/Rear Wheel Drive Car Platforms-North America; and Vehicle Programs Director, Lifestyle Vehicles. She has served as a director of Meggit PLC since 2017 and as the Executive Director of Blue Current since 2019, and previously served as director of Exelon Corporation. Ms. Gioia's extensive experience in strategy, technology and engineering solutions, as well as her general business experience, provides the Board with important expertise in product development and operations.

 

Conrad G. Goodkind

Mr. Goodkind was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committees. He previously served as Secretary of the Company from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Goodkind was a partner in the law firm of Quarles & Brady, LLP, where his practice concentrated in corporate and securities law from 1979 to 2009.Prior to 1979, he served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Commissioner of Securities. Mr. Goodkind previously served as a director of Cade Industries, Inc. and Able Distributing, Inc. His extensive experience in advising companies on a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings, and historical knowledge of the Company provides the Board with expertise and insight into governance, business and compliance issues that the Company encounters.

 

Dr. Frank W. Harris

Dr. Harris was elected to the Board of Directors in 1991. He serves as a member of the Technology and Management Development and Compensation Committees. He served as a Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Biomedical Engineering and as Director of the Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Sciences at The University of Akron from 1983 to 2008. He served as Professor of Chemistry at Wright State University from 1970 to 1983. He is the founder of several technology based companies including Akron Polymer Systems where he serves as President and CEO. Dr. Harris is the inventor of several commercialized products including an optical film that realized over one billion dollars in sales. His extensive experience in technology and engineering solutions provides the Board with important expertise in new product development.

Michael Nauman

J. Michael Nauman - Mr. Nauman has served on the Company’s Board of Directors and as the Company’s President and CEO since August 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Nauman spent 20 years at Molex Incorporated, where he led global businesses in the automotive, data communications, industrial, medical, military/aerospace and mobile sectors. In 2007, he became Molex's Senior Vice President leading its Global Integrated Products Division and was named Executive Vice President in 2009. Before joining Molex in 1994, Mr. Nauman was a tax accountant and auditor for Arthur Andersen and Company and Controller and then President of Ohio Associated Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Nauman’s broad operational and financial experience and perspective as the Company's CEO, as well as his leadership and strategic perspective, provide the Board with insight and expertise to drive the Company’s growth and performance. Mr. Nauman holds a bachelor’s of science degree in management from Case Western Reserve University. He is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant. He is a board member of the Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Coalition, Museum of Discovery and the Quapaw area council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Bradley C. Richardson

Mr. Richardson was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. He serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance and Management Development and Compensation Committees. He is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Avient Corporation (formerly Polyone Corporation). He previously served as the Executive Vice President and CFO of Diebold, Inc. from 2010 to 2013, and Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy and CFO of Modine Manufacturing from 2003 to 2009. Prior to Modine, he spent 21 years with BP Amoco serving in various financial and operational roles with assignments in North America, South America, and Europe. Mr. Richardson has served on the boards of Modine Manufacturing and Tronox, Inc. He brings to the Company extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of operations, strategy, accounting, tax accounting, and finance, which are areas of critical importance to the Company as a global public company.

Dr. Michelle E. Williams

Dr. Williams was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019 and is a member of the Technology Committee. She serves as Global Group President of Altuglas International, a subsidiary of Arkema S.A. Prior to Arkema, she spent 23 years with Rohm and Haas Company and Dow Chemical in manufacturing, commercial, strategy and general management positions. She was General Manager, Chemical Mechanical Polishing Technologies, and later, General Manager, Adhesives and Sealants. Dr. Williams’ experience in commercial, technology and business leadership roles provides the Board with important expertise in innovation, new product development and operations.