Dean's Advisory Council: Christopher M. Connor
Christopher M. Connor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, an $11 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, 59, began his employment with The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1983 as Director of Advertising for the Paint Stores Group. Over his 32-year career with Sherwin-Williams, Mr. Connor has held a number of increasingly important assignments in many different functional areas of the Company. In every one of these assignments he has been privileged to work with the outstanding men and women of Sherwin-Williams as they have prospered and grown the Company together.
Today, Sherwin-Williams operates over 4,000 paint stores in the United States, owns many of the paint and coatings industry leading brand names, and sells products in over 115 countries around the world.
Sherwin-Williams’ culture of excellence has created an environment where outstanding technology, strong marketing, operational excellence and engagement all continue to play a role in the Company’s growing success.
Sherwin-Williams has been recognized by many business publications for financial excellence, integrity of business practices, strong track record of dividend payments and notably, by Fortune Magazine, as one of our nation’s top 100 companies to work for on three separate occasions.
In 2014 and 2013, Harvard Business Review recognized the Sherwin-Williams Company and Mr. Connor as one of “The Top 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World.”
In addition to The Sherwin-Williams Company Board of Directors, Mr. Connor serves on the board of the Eaton Corporation and is Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His many civic and community board engagements include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Playhouse Square Foundation, University Hospitals Health System, Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, the National Association of Manufacturers, The American Coatings Association and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.
Mr. Connor is a 1974 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and a 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Sara, have three adult children.