Brian Cook

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor



Brian J. Cook is the former 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.   He was responsible for the Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Corporate Services, and Environmental, Health & Safety functions.  He also served on the board of the USG Boral Building Products joint venture and as 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 serves as a board member and audit committee chair for the National Safety Council, the leading safety advocate for preventing unintentional injuries and death.  He also serves on the board of 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 is an advisory board member for Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and is an adjunct instructor in the M.B.A. program at Loyola University of Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business.  He is a former director of the HR Policy Association’s Center on Executive Compensation since its inception in 2010, which is dedicated to promoting principled pay and governance practices to serve the best interests of shareholders.

Cook attended Virginia Tech and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance and an M.B.A.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law and is licensed to practice in Illinois.


  • Bachelor's in Management and Finance, Virginia Tech
  • MBA, Virginia Tech
  • Juris Doctorate, DePaul University College of Law