2013 Board of Directors
Christopher M. Connor
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Chris Connor is chairman and chief executive officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, an $8.7 billion global leader in the paint and coatings industry. 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. Over his 29-year career with Sherwin-Williams, Mr. Connor has held a number of increasingly important assignments in many different functional areas of the company. Today, Sherwin-Williams operates over 3,450 paint stores in the United States, owns many of the paint and coatings industry leading brand names, and sells products in 116 countries around the world. Sherwin-Williams has been recognized by many business publications for financial excellence, integrity of business practices, and a strong track record of dividend payments.
In addition to The Sherwin-Williams’ Board of Directors, Mr. Connor serves on the board of Eaton Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. 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, 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 and Walsh Jesuit High School.