William T. Allen has extensive 30-year background managing businesses and providing leadership to manufacturing operations requiring operational turnarounds, notably as CEO. Amongst industries Bill has worked in have included nuclear power, oil/petrochemical, automotive, industrial equipment, steel fabrication and plastic injection molding. From August 2007 through December 2017, Bill was CEO of Werner Co., a leading manufacturer of industrial climbing products and President and Chairman of the Board since March 2009, leading the company from its emergence from Chapter 11 in 2007 through its sale to Triton Funds in 2017. Mr. Allen also serves as a member of the board of directors of MModal, a leading provider of clinical documentation technology solutions to the healthcare market.
Until recently, Bill also served as a board member of Rockport, a leading provider of men’s and women’s footwear. He has also held board positions at USI, Arclin, Constar, Ames Taping Tools, Oriental Trading, Hines Nurseries, Running Aces Harness Park, WrightLine (former CEO), APW (former CEO), Chart Industries (former CEO) and Millennium Rail, many of which were on behalf of leading alternative investment firms including Ares Management, Black Diamond Capital Management, Oaktree Capital and Crescent Capital Group.
In 2012, Bill received the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Diamond Award as CEO of the Year in the ‘Large for Profit’ category.