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Christopher Connor - CEO of The Sherwin-Williams
Industry: Specialty Retail (Paints)
Market Cap: $7.87
Over the past 10 years, Sherwin-Williams shareholders have enjoyed an
average annual return, including dividends, of almost 14
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
Christopher Connor is Chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams
Company, an $8B 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 Hall of Fame 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.
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
20, 30, 40 year careers are not uncommon in our company.
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 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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