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Christopher A. O’Herlihy

Christopher A. O’Herlihy

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

Mr. O’Herlihy joined Illinois Tool Works Inc. in 1989. In his over 30 years with Illinois Tool Works, he has held several executive positions through which he has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of business, including business strategy, international business operations, mergers and acquisitions, emerging markets, financial performance and structure, legal matters, human resources and talent management. His current responsibilities include developing and executing that company’s overall corporate growth strategy. He brings to our Board strategic insight and understanding of complex business and manufacturing operations, as well as a valuable perspective on developing innovative products, gained through his experience with a multi-billion dollar diversified global organization.

Business Experience:

  • Illinois Tool Works Inc.:
    • Vice Chairman (2015-2023)
    • Executive Vice President, with worldwide responsibility for Illinois Tool Works’ Food Equipment Group (2010-2015)
    • Group President – Food Equipment Group Worldwide (2010)
    • Group President – Food Equipment Group International (2009-2010)
    • For almost 30 years, served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including as Group President of the Polymers and Fluids Group