Brian J. Cook is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of USG Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its subsidiaries, United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, Inc., and USG International.
Cook is responsible for the Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Corporate Services, and Environmental, Health & Safety functions. He serves on the board of the USG Boral Building Products joint venture and is President of the USG Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that support housing, education and human services in communities in which USG employees live and work.
Cook is an advisory board member for Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and is an adjunct instructor in the MBA program at Loyola University of Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. He has been a director of the HR Policy Association’s Center on Executive Compensation since its inception in 2010, an organization dedicated to promoting principled pay and governance practices to serve the best interests of shareholders.
Cook serves on the board of the National Safety Council, the leading safety advocate for preventing unintentional injuries and death, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, a public-private partnership working to match businesses with qualified, unemployed or underemployed job seekers. He is a former board member and Chairman Emeritus of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, which helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters.
Cook attended Virginia Tech, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance, as well as an MBA. He earned his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.