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Christopher Connor - CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company

Christopher Connor
CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company

Company Profile

Industry: Specialty Retail (Paints)
Employees: 29,200
Revenues: $7.3B
Market Cap: $7.87B

CEO Achievement

  • Over the past 10 years, Sherwin-Williams shareholders have enjoyed an average annual return, including dividends, of almost 14 percent.

  • Despite disappointing results during the 2009 financial crisis, the free cash flow for the year increased by approximately $12 million to an all-time high of $605 million.

  • Rated as one of America's top 100 companies to work for three of the last four years.

  • Sherwin-Williams’ culture of excellence has created an environment where outstanding technology, operational excellence and engagement all continue to play a role in the Company’s growing success.

CEO Bio

Christopher Connor is Chairman and CEO of the Sherwin-Williams Company, an $8 billion global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Mr. Connor was elected CEO by the company’s board of directors on October 25, 1999 and added the title of Chairman on April 26, 2000.

Mr. Connor, 53, began his employment with The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1983 as Director of Advertising for the Paint Stores Group. Over his 25-year career with Sherwin-Williams, Mr. Connor has held a number of increasingly important assignments in many different functional areas of the Company.

In addition to the Sherwin-Williams’ Board of Directors, Mr. Connor serves on the board of the Eaton Corporation. His many civic and community board engagements include the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Rock and Roll and Museum, The Playhouse Square Foundation, University Hospitals Health System, United Way Services of Greater Cleveland, The Commission on Economic Inclusion, Team NEO, Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, the National Manufacturers Association and The National Paint and Coatings Association. Mr. Connor is the past Chairman of the Board for Keep America Beautiful, University Hospitals Health System and Walsh Jesuit High School.

Mr. Connor is a 1974 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and a 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University.

CEO Insights

We look for top talent, because we believe people are the ultimate competitive advantage. We reward innovative people with a real drive to accomplishment. Christopher Connor,  CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company

20, 30, 40 year careers are not uncommon in our company. That is why we are rated as one of the top 100 companies to work for. - Christopher Connor,  CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company

We enter 2010 cautiously optimistic that the worst of the global recession is behind us. At the same time, we acknowledge that economic recovery may be slow and erratic, and coatings demand in many end markets will likely remain weak. Over the past three years, we have worked hard to make Sherwin-Williams a leaner, financially stronger and more profitable company. We have fine-tuned our capital structure, tightly managed fixed costs and SG&A expense, reduced inventories and expanded our distribution platform domestically and abroad. These actions, along with our continued focus on serving a diverse and increasingly global customer base, have positioned us to perform well through the balance of this recession and outperform in a recovery. We are confident that 2010 will be a year of improvement for the Company. - Christopher Connor,  CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company

About Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams operates over 3,350 paint stores in the United States, owns many of the paint and coatings industry leading brand names, and sells products in over 50 countries around the world.

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