Honeywell names new head of M&A, replacing promoted exec

By Lynda Cohen
Morris Plains | Oct 16, 2017 at 10:08 am

Honeywell has named Brian S. Cook as vice president of corporate development and global head of mergers & acquisitions.

“Brian has been responsible for leveraging Honeywell’s acquisition strategy effectively to establish a stronger portfolio that positions us for the long term. His leadership in identifying adjacent market opportunities and new platform investments has been instrumental in driving Honeywell’s growth,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas A. Szlosek, who will be Cook’s direct supervisor. “He is the right leader to take our M&A strategy to the next level and continue to aggressively create shareowner value.”

Cook succeeds Anne T. Madden, who was recently named the Morris Plains company’s senior vice president and general counsel.

Cook has been with Honeywell since 2001, and was named vice president of corporate development in 2006. He has led the execution of numerous high-value acquisitions, including Elster for $5.1 billion, Novar plc for $2.4 billion, Intelligrated for $1.5 billion, Sperian Protection for $1.4 billion and Norcross Safety Products for $1.2 billion. Cook also served as a director of corporate finance for Honeywell.

(READ MORE from ROI-NJ on the changes at Honeywell.)

Before Honeywell, Cook was a director within the Transaction Services Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advised large corporate and financial sponsor clients on M&A and other strategic transactions.

Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island.