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Michael R. Zimmerman
Executive Vice President

Mr. Zimmerman is Executive Vice President of the Construction Products segment. He joined ITW in connection with the company’s acquisition of Permatex in 2005. Most recently, Mr. Zimmerman served as Group President for the Welding Oil & Gas Platform and was previously a Group President in the Polymers & Fluids Segment. He was elected Executive Vice President of Construction Products in 2015. He is responsible for the global construction group, which manufactures and sells fasteners, anchors, tools, and software for residential and commercial construction applications.

Mr. Zimmerman graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. degree and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Juan Valls
Executive Vice President

Mr. Valls is Executive Vice President of the Polymers & Fluids segment. He joined ITW in 1989 as Business Manager of ITW Nexus Europe. Since then, he has held numerous European automotive management positions at ITW. In 2002, he became Vice President and General Manager of ITW Delfast International Automotive Fasteners. In 2007, Mr. Valls was named Executive Vice President of the Global Automotive businesses. In 2010, he was appointed Executive Vice President responsible for the Performance Polymers & Fluids businesses. Mr. Valls is the first ITW Executive Vice President based outside of the United States.

Mr. Valls received his degree in Business Administration from ESADE in Barcelona.

Mr. Valls is a member of ESADE Alumni.

Lei Zhang Schlitz
Executive Vice President

Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz is Executive Vice President of the Food Equipment segment. She joined ITW in 2008 as Vice President, Research & Development at the ITW Technology Center. Most recently, she served as a Group President within the Food Equipment segment, managing the Global Ware-wash and Refrigeration platforms. She was appointed Executive Vice President in September 2015.

Prior to joining ITW, Dr. Schlitz spent seven years at Siemens Energy and Automation. She was a Business Manager within Siemens, holding P&L responsibilities of a new business. Lei also held various positions managing product development groups at Siemens. Prior to joining Siemens, she spent four years at GE Global Research and GE Industrial Systems. She started her career at the Innovation Center for Eaton Corporation.

Dr. Schlitz has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. As a native Chinese, Lei earned her B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

Sundaram Nagarajan
Executive Vice President

Mr. Nagarajan is Executive Vice President of the Automotive OEM segment. Mr. Nagarajan originally joined Hobart Brothers in 1991, and after various roles of increasing responsibility at Hobart Brothers, Mr. Nagarajan was promoted to Group Vice President, Welding Group in 2006 and Group President, Welding International in 2008. Most recently he was Executive Vice President of the Welding segment.

Mr. Nagarajan holds a BS degree from South Gujarat University, India, an MBA from Wright State University, Ohio, and a MS and Ph.D. from Auburn University, Alabama.

Mr. Nagarajan is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company, Past Trustee of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Advisory Board Member of IACS, member of the Executive Club, member of the Economics Club of Chicago, Former Board of Trustees of AWS Foundation Inc. and Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014).

Steven L. Martindale
Executive Vice President

Mr. Martindale is Executive Vice President of the Test & Measurement and Electronics segment. He served as Group President of Test & Measurement since ITW’s acquisition of Instron in 2005. He joined Instron in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer, and later served as Chief Operating Officer. In 2008, he was named Executive Vice President responsible for the Test & Measurement businesses and assumed responsibility for the consolidated Electronics businesses in 2011.

Mr. Martindale graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1978 with B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance. He attended London Business School and other similar executive style programs. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Roland M. Martel
Executive Vice President

Mr. Martel is Executive Vice President of the Specialty Products segment. He joined ITW in 1994 as the General Manager of ITW Anchor Stampings. Over the years, he has held various Vice President and President positions in the ITW Metal Components division. Prior to his current position, he served as President of ITW’s Global Automotive Components Division, and in 2006, became Executive President of the Global Automotive Components businesses. In 2010, Mr. Martel became Executive Vice President for the entire Global Automotive, Appliance Components, CCI and Industrial Fasteners businesses. He currently also serves as Executive Sponsor of ITW’s Early-in-Career Leadership Initiative, which launched its pilot program in 2011.

Mr. Martel earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 1976. In 1982 he received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Operations Management from Cornell University.

Mr. Martel serves on the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Mid-West Region. He is a volunteer for ALS walk-a-thons in Chicago. He is also a fundraiser for Generations Capital Campaign St. Athanasius Parish in Evanston, IL. He is a past assistant scout master for Troop 170 in Unionville, CT. and a past member of the steering committee of KPMG Automotive Share Forum.

Christopher A. O’Herlihy
Vice Chairman

Mr. O’Herlihy joined ITW in 1989. After various roles of increasing responsibility, including Group President within the Polymers & Fluids Group, Mr. O’Herlihy moved to the Food Equipment Group as Group President – International in 2009. In August 2010, he was promoted to Group President – Food Equipment Group Worldwide. He was named Executive Vice President in October 2010 with worldwide responsibility for ITW’s Food Equipment Group. Mr. O’Herlihy was elected Vice Chairman in August 2015.

Mr. O’Herlihy is a director of Masco Corporation and past director of the National Restaurant Association.

Mr. O’Herlihy holds a BS degree from University College Cork, Ireland and an MS from University of Massachusetts.

Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler joined ITW in 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company).

Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice handling labor and employment matters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

She currently serves on the Area Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Chicago. From 2009-2013, Katie served on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and was Board Chair from 2012-2013.

E. Scott Santi
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Scott Santi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Mr. Santi joined ITW in 1983 and has spent his entire career with the company. He was elected Executive Vice President in 2004 and named Vice Chairman in 2008. He became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in November of 2012 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015.

Mr. Santi graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Accounting and received a Masters in Business Administration from the JL Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in 1992.

Mr. Santi is a member of the Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago, Junior Achievement of Chicago, and Big Shoulders Fund.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, the Ravinia Festival Association, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Rush University Medical Center.

Michael M. Larsen
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Larsen  joined ITW in 2013 and previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Gardner Denver, Inc., a global manufacturer of highly engineered compressors, blowers, pumps and other fluid transfer equipment. He also served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gardner Denver, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Larsen was chief financial officer at General Electric (“GE”) Water & Process Technologies, a global leader in water treatment and process solutions. His previous experience includes more than 15 years with GE, where he held a number of global finance leadership roles with increasing responsibility in GE Plastics, GE Industrial, GE Energy Services and GE Power & Water. He began his GE career with GE Healthcare as part of the Financial Management Program in 1995.

Mr. Larsen is a graduate of the American University of Paris and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and London Business School.

Mr. Larsen is a member of the Board of Directors of The Joffrey Ballet and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.