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Retired Executive Vice President
Illinois Tool Works Inc.


From August 2007 until her retirement in March 2013, Ms. Warner served as Executive Vice President at Illinois Tool Works Inc., a Fortune 200 diversified manufacturer of highly engineered components and industrial systems and consumables, where she had worldwide responsibility for its Decorative Surfaces and Finishing Systems businesses. Ms. Warner joined Illinois Tool Works Inc. in December 2005 as Group President of its Worldwide Finishing business. She was previously the President of Plexus Systems, L.L.C., a manufacturing software company, from June 2004 to December 2005, and a Vice President with Electronic Data Systems from 2000 through June 2004, where she led their global manufacturing group. Ms. Warner served as Executive Vice President for first tier supplier Textron Automotive from 1994 through 1999, where she was President of its Kautex North America and Randall divisions. Previously, Ms. Warner held executive positions in manufacturing, engineering and human resources over a 20-year span at General Motors Corporation.

Ms. Warner received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. She also received an MBA from Stanford University where she was a Sloan Fellow. Ms. Warner is a board member of Brunswick Corporation.  Ms. Warner served on the board of directors of Regal Beloit Corporation until April 2020 and MeadWestvaco Corporation through August 2014. She is also a Trustee for John G. Shedd Aquarium and chairs its long range planning committee. 

Ms. Warner has been a director of our company since 2004.  With over 20 years of automotive industry experience, Ms. Warner has particular appreciation of the challenges facing our customers. Her automotive industry expertise is supplemented by her leadership roles in global manufacturing and manufacturing information systems businesses, both of which are of particular relevance to a global manufacturing company such as ours. She also brings to us the financial understanding she has gained through her business unit leadership and as a member of the audit committee of both MeadWestvaco and Regal Beloit.

At the time of her retirement