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Introducing the Armstrong Board of Directors

James J. O'Connor
Chairman of the Board, Former Chairman and CEO of Unicom Corporation

James J. O'Connor

James J. O'Connor

Chairman of the Board, Former Chairman and CEO of Unicom Corporation

Mr. O’Connor has served on our Board since 2007 and is the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. O’Connor is a retired Chairman and CEO of Unicom Corporation, a Chicago-based utility company. Mr. O’Connor joined Commonwealth Edison Company in 1963, became president in 1977, a director in 1978 and Chairman and CEO in 1980. In 1994, Mr. O’Connor was also named Chairman and CEO of Unicom Corporation, which then became the parent company of Commonwealth Edison Company, from which he retired in 1998. Mr. O’Connor previously served on the boards of directors of Trizec Properties, Inc., Corning, Inc., Smurfit – Stone Container Corporation, and United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Stan A. Askren
President and CEO of HNI Corporation

Stan A. Askren

Stan A. Askren

President and CEO of HNI Corporation

Mr. Askren has served on our Board since October 2008 and is the Chairman of the Management Development and Compensation Committee. Mr. Askren has been Chairman and CEO of HNI Corporation, the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of hearth products, since 2004, and President since 2003. Mr. Askren also serves on the boards of directors of The National Association of Manufacturers, the Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association International (past chair), and the Iowa Business Council (past chair). Mr. Askren previously served on the board of directors of Arctic Cat, Inc.

Victor D. Grizzle
CEO, Armstrong World Industries

Victor D. Grizzle

Victor D. Grizzle

CEO, Armstrong World Industries

Mr. Grizzle is CEO of Armstrong World Industries. He joined the company in January 2011.

Mr. Grizzle brings 23 years of experience in process improvement, sales, marketing and global business leadership to the business. Prior to joining the company, he was group president of Global Structures, Coatings and Tubing for Valmont Industries, a $2 billion global leader of infrastructure support structures for utility, telecom and lighting markets, and manufacturer of mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale farming. Before Valmont, he was president of the commercial power division of EaglePicher Corporation, a $700 million diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced technology and industrial products for space, defense, automotive, filtration, pharmaceutical, environmental and commercial applications. Earlier in his career, Mr. Grizzle spent 16 years at GE.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic University.

Tao Huang
Former Chief Operating Officer of Morningstar, Inc.

Tao Huang

Tao Huang

Former Chief Operating Officer of Morningstar, Inc.

Mr. Huang has served on our Board since 2010 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Huang served as Chief Operating Officer of Morningstar, Inc., a leading independent provider of investment research, from 2000 until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Huang started Morningstar’s International Operation in 1998, and held the position of President of International Division until 2000. Mr. Huang also serves on the Boards of Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., Principal Mutual Funds, and SMS Assist.

Larry S. McWilliams
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Foods

Larry S. McWilliams

Larry S. McWilliams

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Foods

Mr. McWilliams has served on our Board since 2010 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Management Development and Compensation Committee. Mr. McWilliams served as President and CEO of Keystone Foods, a producer of proteins, from 2011 to 2012. Mr. McWilliams also served as Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Foods, and prior to that, he served as a Senior Vice President at Campbell Soup Company and subsequently became the President of Campbell International, responsible for all of Campbell Soup’s business in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Mr. McWilliams also serves on the boards of directors of Bob Evans Farms and Godiva Chocolatiers International. Mr. McWilliams previoulsy served on the Board of Governors of St. Josephs University Food Marketing Council and the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association’s Industry Affairs Council.

James C. Melville
Member of the law firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A.

James C. Melville

James C. Melville

Member of the law firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A.

Mr. Melville has served on our Board since 2012 and is a member of the Management Development and Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Melville is a member of the Minneapolis-based law firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A., where he has practiced in the corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities and financial areas since 1994. Prior to joining Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, Mr. Melville practiced with Dorsey and Whitney in their Minneapolis and London, England offices. Mr. Melville previously served as a member of our Board from September 2009 until July 2010. Mr. Melville also serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Orchestral Association and is also active in numerous local and civic organizations and their boards.

John J. Roberts
Former Global Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

John J. Roberts

John J. Roberts

Former Global Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mr. Roberts has served on our Board since 2006 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Roberts served as Global Managing Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1998 until his retirement in June 2002. Mr. Roberts held numerous positions at Coopers & Lybrand LLP from 1967 until its merger with Pricewaterhouse LLP in 1998, including as one of three members of the Office of the Chairman of Coopers & Lybrand’s United States operations from 1994 to 1998. Prior to that time, Mr. Roberts held other positions at Coopers & Lybrand, including Deputy Vice Chairman, Vice Chairman and Managing Partner. Mr. Roberts also serves on the boards of directors of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, and Vonage Holdings Corporation. Mr. Roberts previously served on the board of directors of Sicor, Inc. and served as a director of our former holding company, Armstrong Holdings, Inc.

Gregory P. Spivy
Partner, ValueAct Capital

Gregory P. Spivy

Gregory P. Spivy

Partner, ValueAct Capital

Gregory P. Spivy joined our Board in December 2014 and is a member of the Management Development and Compensation Committee. Mr. Spivy is a Partner of ValueAct Capital. Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in September 2004, Mr. Spivy worked with Gryphon Investors, a private equity fund with $500 million in investments. Previously, Mr. Spivy was a Managing Director at Fremont Partners, a private equity firm. Prior to joining Fremont Partners, Mr. Spivy was a Director with The Bridgeford Group, and began his career in the mergers and acquisitions department of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Spivy is the chairman and a director of Seitel, Inc., the former chairman of MSD Performance, Inc. and a former director of KAR Auction Services, Inc., MDS, Inc., MSC Software Corp. and PRA International.

Roy W. Templin
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Con-Way Incorporated; Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Whirlpool Corporation

Cherryl Thomas

Roy W. Templin

Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Con-Way Incorporated; Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Whirlpool Corporation

Mr. Templin was appointed to serve on our Board in September 2016. He is a member of the Management Development and Compensation Committee. Mr. Templin served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Con-Way Incorporated from January 2014 until its acquisition by XPO Logistics Inc. in 2015. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), from 2004 to 2012, and as Vice President and Controller of Whirlpool Corporation from 2003 to 2004. Prior, he served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Kimball International, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds.

Cherryl Thomas
President and CEO, Ardmore Associates LLC

Cherryl Thomas

Cherryl Thomas

President and CEO, Ardmore Associates LLC

Ms. Thomas is the founder of Ardmore Associates, an engineering consulting firm specializing in complex infrastructure, transportation and major building projects. Prior to founding Ardmore Associates, she worked for the City of Chicago for thirty years in the Departments of Public Works, Water, Aviation and Buildings, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Infrastructure in the Mayor’s Office. Cherryl retired as Commissioner of Buildings for the City of Chicago to accept an appointment by President Clinton as Chairman of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

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