GRAINGER - Key Persons
Ms. Perez is a Senior Vice President and named executive officer of The CocaCola Company, a public multinational beverage company, where she leads an integrated team across public affairs and communications, sustainability and marketing assets to support the company's growth model and strategic initiatives. In this role, Ms. Perez aligns a diverse portfolio of work against critical business objectives to support brands, communities, consumers and partners worldwide. During her tenure of more than two decades at that company, she has held several leadership roles while garnering significant experience in marketing and sustainability programs. Ms. Perez also has experience in corporate governance matters and serves as a director of another publicly traded company, with additional responsibilities including a compensation committee assignment. Ms. Perez is a strong advocate for community service, serving on various nonprofit boards, including The Coca Cola Foundation.
Mr. Anderson served as the Chief Financial Officer of two large, multinational companies: OfficeMax Incorporated and Baxter International Inc. In the course of his career, he also held various finance positions, including Corporate Controller and Vice President of Audit at Baxter, and spent 15 years at an international public accounting firm, including as an Audit Partner.
As a result, Mr. Anderson has in depth knowledge of accounting and finance, including in the preparation and review of complex financial reporting statements, as well as experience in risk management and risk assessment and the application of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission internal controls framework.
Mr. Anderson also has extensive experience sitting on and chairing the audit committees of public companies. He also brings to the Board meaningful experience based on his service as the Company's former Lead Director and former Chairman of the Board of A.M. Castle & Co., as well as his service as a Governing Board Member at the Center for Audit Quality. Mr. Anderson is an audit committee financial expert for purposes of the SEC's rules. See "Audit Committee" below for the Board's determination concerning Mr. Anderson's service on more than three public company audit committees.
D.G. Macpherson is Grainger's Chairman of the Board, a role he has held since October 2017, and Chief Executive Officer, a position assumed in October 2016 at which time he was also appointed to the Board of Directors. He served as Chief Operating Officer for Grainger from August 2015 through September 2016.
Prior to these roles, Mr. Macpherson was Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International, where he led the development of corporate strategy and continuous improvement, the global supply chain organization, the company's single channel online business model and international operations in Asia and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Macpherson was Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy.
Mr. Macpherson joined Grainger in 2008 from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where, from 2002-2008, he was Partner and Managing Director. In that capacity, he served as a consultant to Grainger on a number of strategic and operational efforts including availability improvement, pricing strategy, product line expansion and sales force effectiveness.
At BCG, Mr. Macpherson was a member of the Industrial Goods Leadership Team with strong experience in production systems and continuous improvement methodologies. Early in his career, he was an operations manager for Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Company and a test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Macpherson holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Macpherson has served Grainger in many capacities over his more than 10 years with the Company, including developing Company strategy, overseeing the launch of Grainger's U.S. endless assortment business, Zoro Tools, Inc., building the Company's supply chain capabilities globally and realigning the U.S. business to create greater value for customers of all sizes. Mr. Macpherson also has extensive experience in strategic planning, development and execution. Mr. Macpherson joined Grainger in 2008 after working closely with Grainger for six years as a partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, where he was a member of the Industrial Goods Leadership Team.
- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ITW
Mr. Santi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ITW, a global public company. In the course of his more than 30 years with ITW, he has served in various management roles for ITW including positions requiring significant operational and financial responsibility. During his tenure he has had extensive international responsibility including operating responsibility for a business with annual international revenues of several billion dollars. Mr. Santi has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions and integrating acquired companies. He has also had significant strategic marketing responsibilities and human resource experience including compensation policy, leadership development and succession planning. Mr. Santi is an audit committee financial expert for purposes of the SEC's rules. In addition, Mr. Santi is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He also serves as a trustee or director in various civic, nonprofit and other boards, including the board of trustees of Northwestern University, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Rush University Medical Center and the board of directors of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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- Vice President, Investor Relations
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Mr. Slavik has expansive knowledge in investments, financing and real estate. He also served as an investment properties broker at multiple commercial brokerage companies and led the marketing programs for clients' commercial properties. Mr. Slavik serves on the Advisory Board for the Cove Fund, a seed capital fund affiliated with UCI Applied Innovation at the University of California at Irvine and is a Founding Director for UCI Applied Innovation. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Slavik was a Director of the Hoag Hospital Foundation and a member of its investment and nominating committees.
Mark IV Capital, Inc., a private commercial real estate development and investment company, where Mr. Slavik served as Chief Executive Officer (1990-2003). Mr. Slavik presently serves as its Chairman.
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Mr. Watson is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Rideshare General Manager at GM Cruise LLC, an autonomous vehicle technology company owned by General Motors company. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Intuit, where he led the company's global sales and go-to-market efforts bringing Intuit's financial management solutions to market across a variety of channels while focusing on global brand expansion, market share growth and strengthening brand equity. As Vice President, Global Brand Solutions at Google, he led the company's brand advertising business, working with some of the world's leading companies to build stronger and more trusted brands. At Procter & Gamble, a global consumer products company, he served as a Digital Marketing executive and held a variety of other roles across the globe. While at P&G, Mr. Watson drove P&G's digital initiatives for 75 brands across 200 countries. During his tenure of more than two decades at these multinational public companies, Mr. Watson has held several leadership roles while acquiring a deep understanding of sales, marketing, technology and digital business.
Procter & Gamble Company (1994-2011), a global consumer products company, where Mr. Watson served in various sales, marketing and digital business roles.
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Westside Holdings LLC
Mr. Roberts served as President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald's Corporation, a public, multinational corporation. In his nearly 30 years with the company, he held key executive roles, including President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's USA. In these capacities, he acquired extensive management, and profit and loss responsibilities. He was also responsible for marketing and branding experience, and the international operations of the company. In addition, Mr. Roberts has significant experience in human resources and corporate governance matters, and serves as a director of another publicly traded company with additional responsibilities, including service on the human resources and compensation committee.
- Director, Investor Relations
- Trustee of the Field Museum of Natural History
Mr. Novich served as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of a global public company where he was deeply engaged in its distribution operations on a domestic and international basis, and also on leadership development and human resources functions. He also spent 13 years with a major management consulting firm, where he was a partner and led the firm's Distribution and Logistics Practice. As a result, Mr. Novich has in depth operational experience in supply chain, distribution and logistics and experience in developing strategy across a variety of industries.
Mr. Novich also has extensive experience in corporate governance matters and serves as a director of other publicly traded companies with additional responsibilities, including one audit committee chairmanship, one compensation committee chairmanship, and service on various board committees. Mr. Novich is an "audit committee financial expert" for purposes of the SEC's rules.
Mr. Novich is a trustee of the Field Museum of Natural History and a Member of the Dean's Council to the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago
Mr. Adkins served as a Senior Vice President at IBM, where he held various senior roles, including heading Corporate Strategy. Over the course of his 30 year career with IBM, he developed a broad range of experience, including extensive experience in emerging technologies, global business operations, product development, and brand management. He also gained significant experience managing and understanding corporate finance, financial statements and accounting through his many operational roles with IBM.
Additionally, Mr. Adkins managed IBM's supply chain and procurement, giving him direct insight into global trade and supply chains, and the role of distributors in those efforts.
Mr. Adkins has extensive experience in corporate governance matters, is a recognized leader in technology and technology strategy, and serves as a director of other publicly traded companies with additional responsibilities, including one board chairmanship, and two compensation committee and one audit committee assignments.
Mr. Levenick served as a Group President of Caterpillar Inc., leading several divisions for 10 years as part of a 37year career at the company, in various leadership roles, including as the senior executive of Caterpillar's former joint venture with Mitsubishi in Japan. He has extensive international operations experience as a result of positions outside of the United States in Japan, Singapore, Russia and other countries for more than 20 years. During his career at Caterpillar, Mr. Levenick held leadership roles with operational responsibility for supply chain and logistics, engineering and design, manufacturing, global parts and product support, and global dealer and marketing functions. In addition, he led Caterpillar's global human resources and global purchasing functions.
Mr. Levenick also has experience sitting on and chairing the audit and finance committees of other public companies and brings a broad range of experience to the Board based on his service as the lead director of Entergy Corporation. In addition, Mr. Levenick is a former chairman and director of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and is a director of the University of Illinois Foundation. He also served as a director of the U.S./Japan Business Council, the U.S./China Business Council, the U.S./Russia Business Council, and as executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas B. Okray was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2018. His responsibilities include accounting and financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial shared services, internal audit, investor relations and treasury operations.
Mr. Okray joined Grainger from Advanced Auto Parts, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that role, he held positions at Amazon, culminating in the role of Vice President of Finance, Global Customer Fulfillment.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Okray grew his career with General Motors, where he held positions of increasing responsibility within the United States and internationally, including serving 15 years abroad. At General Motors, he achieved the role of Chief Financial Officer, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Early in his career, Mr. Okray was a design and development engineer for Exxon.
Mr. Okray holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Hailey has spent her career as a senior finance executive in consumer businesses, such as L Brands (ten years), PepsiCo (13 years), Pillsbury Company, and RJR Nabisco Foods, and brings extensive financial and operations experience to the Company. In particular, Ms. Hailey possesses broad expertise in finance, strategic planning, branding and marketing, and retailing on a global scale. Ms. Hailey's positions as chief financial officer, her current and prior service on the audit committees of other public companies and as audit chair of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank and her accounting and financial knowledge, also impart significant expertise to the Board, including an understanding of financial statements, corporate finance, accounting and capital markets. Ms. Hailey also gained expertise in online businesses as well as new venture management and funding through her experiences at Famous Yard Sale and Gilt Groupe. Ms. Hailey is an audit committee financial expert for purposes of the SEC's rules.
Gilt Groupe, Inc. (2009-2010), an online shopping and lifestyle company, where Ms. Hailey served as Chief Financial Officer.