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William R. “Bill” Donley

William R. “Bill” Donley, Chairman of the E&I Program Advisory Board, is a retired 31-year senior management veteran with extensive experience in global materials and services businesses. He led a management buyout of Tangent Rail from former owner RailWorks, then served as Tangent's president and CEO from 2005 to 2010.

Bill earned a B.S. in Forest Science at Penn State in 1978 and an MBA at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business.

Prior to the management buyout that created Tangent, he was president of RailWorks’ Products and Services Group, a provider of railroad construction products and track maintenance services.

Prior to joining RailWorks, Bill worked for nearly 20 years with Koppers Company and its spin-off, Koppers Industries, where he gained across-the-board management experience in sales, procurement, operations, strategic planning, and division management.  He was elected corporate vice President in 1995 and was vice president and general manager of Koppers’ Utility and Heavy Construction Division from 1995 to 1998.

Bill has held leadership positions in several industry associations, including chairman of the American Wood Preservers Institute and the Railway Tie Association.