Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> April 24, 2000

Christopher Connor – Sherwin-williams Company (shw)

CHRISTOPHER M. CONNOR is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company. Mr. Connor was elected Chief Executive Officer by the company's Board of Directors on October 25, 1999, and added the title of Chairman on April 26, 2000. Mr. Connor began his employment with The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1983 as Director of Advertising for the Paint Stores Group. He was promoted to Vice President ' Merchandising in 1984 and to President and General Manager of the Western Division of the Paint Stores Group in 1985, where he spearheaded store expansion programs and sales and marketing efforts throughout the division. Mr. Connor was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Paint Stores Group in 1992, responsible for product development and marketing initiatives. In 1994, he was promoted to President and General Manager of the Diversified Brands Division, the company's integrated manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label aerosol, applicator, caulk and industrial products. Mr. Connor was promoted in 1997 to President of the Paint Stores Group, with annual sales of $3 billion through 2,400 company-owned stores. In this assignment, he oversaw the company's sales and profit growth in the professional contractor, do-it-yourself, industrial and marine coatings and product finishes market segments. Mr. Connor served in that capacity until promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Connor serves on the Board of Directors of National City Corporation and Diebold, Inc. He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Keep America Beautiful as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of University Hospitals of Cleveland. Mr. Connor co- Chairs the Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnership and Inclusion in addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, United Way Services of Greater Cleveland, and the Playhouse Square Foundation. He is a 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University. Profile
TWST: Give us a short summary on Sherwin-Williams. Then describe what

you see as the business and company today.

Mr. Connor: Sherwin-Williams is a 134-year-old manufacturer, distributor


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