Lei Zhang Schlitz
Executive Vice President
Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz is Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM of Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Dr. Schlitz joined ITW in 2008 as Vice President, Research & Development of the ITW Technology Center. In 2011, she was appointed to Group President within the Food Equipment segment, managing the Global Warewash and Refrigeration platforms. She was appointed Executive Vice President of the Food Equipment segment in 2015 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Automotive OEM segment. Prior to joining ITW, Dr. Schlitz spent seven years at Siemens Energy and Automation. Prior to joining Siemens, she spent four years at General Electric (GE) Global Research and GE Industrial Systems. She started her career at the Innovation Center for Eaton Corporation.
Dr. Schlitz currently serves on the Board of Directors for Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM).
Dr. Schlitz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University and received a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.