Dean's Advisory Council: Christopher M. Connor

Chris Connor was elected Chief Executive Officer by Sherwin-Williams Board of Directors in 1999 and added the title of Chairman in 2000. Chris joined the company in 1983 as Director of Advertising for the Paint Stores Group.

Prior S-W assignments:
1984: VP Merchandising
1985: President & General Manager, Western Division,
          Paint Stores Group
1992: SVP Marketing, Paint Stores Group
1994: President & General Manager,
          Diversified Brands Division
1997: President, Paint Stores Group
1999: CEO
2000: Chairman

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 addition to The Sherwin-Williams Board of Directors, Chris serves on the board of the Eaton Corporation and 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, United Way Services of Greater Cleveland, Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Coatings Association and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Chris received a BA from The Ohio State University.