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James T. Ryan was named Chairman in April 2009, and President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2008. He has been President of Grainger since 2006 and was named Chief Operating Officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in February 2007.

Prior to these roles, Mr. Ryan served as Group President, responsible for the company’s businesses operating under the Grainger brand in the United States. As Vice President, Information Services, Mr. Ryan oversaw the implementation of one of the largest SAP systems worldwide and achieved corporate Y2K compliance. He has served Grainger in increasingly responsible roles since 1980, including Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service. In that post, he was responsible for driving growth and providing industry-leading service across all of the Grainger-branded business channels. He also has held various positions in product management and has served as President, Grainger Parts, and President, Grainger.com.

Mr. Ryan graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also earned a master’s degree, with distinction, in business administration with a concentration in marketing from DePaul University in Chicago.

In 1999, he was awarded the Distinguished MBA Alumni Award by DePaul University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology recognized him as the 2006 Outstanding Leader in Industry.

Mr. Ryan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and DePaul University, and is a Business Advisory Council member for the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is also a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Business Roundtable.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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Court Carruthers was named Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas, in August 2013. In this role, he is primarily responsible for the company’s business operations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. Previously, Mr. Carruthers held senior leadership positions as Senior Vice President and President, Grainger U.S., overseeing the company’s business operations across the United States, and Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International, overseeing the company’s operations in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Carruthers joined the company in 2002, serving in sales and branch leadership roles in Canada before being promoted to President, Acklands - Grainger in 2006. Prior to joining Grainger, Mr. Carruthers held a number of sales leadership and business development roles in the transportation industry.

Mr. Carruthers earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, an MBA from Queen’s University, is a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA), and is an Institute Certified Director (ICD.D).

He currently serves as a Director of the Northern Illinois Food Bank and a member of the University of Alberta Business Advisory Council.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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Ronald L. Jadin was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Grainger in March 2008. His responsibilities include financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, internal audit, treasury operations and financial services.

Mr. Jadin, who joined the company in 1998, had served as Vice President and Controller since November 2006. He also has served as Vice President, Finance, for Grainger Industrial Supply, as well as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the Company.

Prior to joining Grainger, he spent 15 years serving in financial analysis and management capacities within General Electric.

Mr. Jadin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and earned his master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

Mr. Jadin volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and his church.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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D.G. Macpherson was named Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International, in September 2013. He is responsible for corporate strategy and continuous improvement, the global supply chain organization, the company’s single channel online business model and international operations in Asia, Europe and Brazil.

Prior to this role Mr. Macpherson was Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy, where he led Grainger’s U.S. product management, inventory, distribution and sourcing capabilities as well as global sourcing, purchasing and transportation efforts. His team also provided specialized supply chain expertise to each of Grainger's international businesses.

Mr. Macpherson joined Grainger in 2008 from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was Partner and Managing Director since 2002. In that capacity, he served as a consultant to Grainger on a number of strategic and operational efforts including availability improvement, pricing strategy, product line expansion and sales force effectiveness.

At BCG, Mr. Macpherson was a member of the Industrial Goods Leadership Team with strong experience in production systems and continuous improvement methodologies. Early in his career, D.G. was an operations manager for Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Company and a test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Macpherson is a member of the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America..

Biography PhotoRodney C. Adkins, age 55, has held multiple leadership positions in a 30-year career at International Business Machines Corporation, including senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and senior vice president of the Systems and Technology Group. He has deep experience at IBM leading global teams in a number of development and management roles. Mr. Adkins is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Executive Leadership Council and the National Society of Black Engineers, which in 2001 awarded him the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry. He serves on the board of directors for United Parcel Service, the national board of the Smithsonian Institution and the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. Mr. Adkins also serves on the Georgia Tech Foundation, Rollins College Board of Trustees, University of Maryland Baltimore County Board of Visitors and the University of Miami College of Engineering Visiting Committee.
Biography PhotoBrian P. Anderson, age 63, is the former Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OfficeMax Incorporated, a distributor of business-to-business and retail office products, having served in that position until January 2005. Prior to assuming this position in 2004, Mr. Anderson was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baxter International Inc., a position he assumed in 1998. He is also a director of A. M. Castle & Co., for which he is Chairman of the Board as well as a director of James Hardie Industries SE where he chairs the audit committee and serves on the remuneration committee, and PulteGroup, Inc. where he chairs the audit committee and serves on the nominating and governance committee. He is a director of The Nemours Foundation. Mr. Anderson, an independent director, was first elected a director of Grainger in 1999 and is a member of the Audit Committee, an "audit committee financial expert," and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.
Biography PhotoV. Ann Hailey, age 63, is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Famous Yard Sale, Inc., an online marketplace for celebrities to connect with their fans by offering items in a virtual yard sale format, having served in that position until March 2014. Formerly, Ms. Hailey served as Chief Financial Officer of Gilt Groupe, an Internet retailer of discount luxury goods from January 2009 until January 2010. Previously she was with Limited Brands, Inc., where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2006 and as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development from 2006 to 2007. Prior to joining Limited Brands in 1997, Ms. Hailey was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Pillsbury Company. She is also a director of Avon Products, Inc. and serves on its audit and finance committees, and is a director of Realogy Holdings Corp where she chairs its audit committee and is a member of its nominating and corporate governance committee. During the past five years, Ms. Hailey served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Ms. Hailey, an independent director, was first elected a director of Grainger in 2006 and is a member of the Audit Committee, an "audit committee financial expert," and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.
Biography PhotoWilliam K. Hall, age 70, is a founding partner of Procyon Advisors, LLP and former Chairman of Procyon Technologies, Inc., a privately owned, Chicago-based holding company. Prior to assuming that position in 2000, Mr. Hall was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Building Products, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of products for residential and commercial construction and home improvement markets. He currently serves on the boards of Actuant Corporation and Stericycle, Inc. and serves on the audit committee of both of those companies. During the past five years, Mr. Hall served on the board of directors of A. M. Castle & Co. Mr. Hall, an independent director, was first elected a director of Grainger in 2005 and is a member of the Audit Committee, an "audit committee financial expert," and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.
Biography PhotoStuart L. Levenick, age 61, is Group President of Caterpillar Inc., a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. Prior to assuming that position in 2004, Mr. Levenick served as Vice President, Caterpillar Inc., and Chairman of Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd. from 2000 to 2004, and as Vice President, Asia Pacific Division, from 2001 to 2004. He is also a director of Entergy Corporation, where he chairs its finance committee and is a member of its audit committee. He is an Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman and current Executive Director of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and a member of the University of Illinois Foundation. Mr. Levenick, an independent director, was first appointed a director of Grainger in 2005 and is the Lead Director, the Chair of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee, and a member of the Compensation Committee.
Biography PhotoNeil S. Novich, age 59, is the former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer and a former director of Ryerson Inc., a major metal distributor and fabricator. Mr. Novich became Ryerson's President and Chief Executive Officer in 1996 and also Chairman in 1999, a position he held through 2007. He is also a director of Analog Devices, Inc., where he chairs the compensation committee, Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., where he chairs the audit committee, and Hillenbrand, Inc., where he chairs the compensation and management development committee. He is a trustee of The Field Museum of Natural History and Children's Home & Aid, and a member of the Visiting Committee to the Physical Sciences Division, University of Chicago. Mr. Novich, an independent director, was first elected a director of Grainger in 1999 and is a member of the Audit Committee, an "audit committee financial expert," and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.
Biography PhotoMichael J. Roberts, age 63, is Chief Executive Officer of LYFE Kitchen restaurant. Formerly, he was Global President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald's Corporation from 2004 to 2006. His previous positions at McDonald's Corporation included Chief Executive Officer—McDonald's USA during 2004; President—McDonald's USA from 2001 to 2004; and President, West Division—McDonald's USA from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Roberts is also a director of CenturyLink, Inc., where he serves on its audit committee. During the past five years, Mr. Roberts served on the board of directors of Qwest Communications International, Inc. and Standard Parking Corporation. Mr. Roberts, an independent director, was first appointed a director of Grainger in 2006 and is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.
Biography PhotoGary L. Rogers, age 69, was Vice Chairman of General Electric Company from 2001 until his retirement in December 2003. Previously, Mr. Rogers was Senior Vice President of General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Plastics from 1992 to 2001. During the past five years, Mr. Rogers served on the board of directors of Rohm and Haas Company and Wyeth. Mr. Rogers, an independent director, was first appointed a director of Grainger in 2004 and is a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.
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James T. Ryan was named Chairman in April 2009, and President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2008. He has been President of Grainger since 2006 and was named Chief Operating Officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in February 2007.

Prior to these roles, Mr. Ryan served as Group President, responsible for the company’s businesses operating under the Grainger brand in the United States. As Vice President, Information Services, Mr. Ryan oversaw the implementation of one of the largest SAP systems worldwide and achieved corporate Y2K compliance. He has served Grainger in increasingly responsible roles since 1980, including Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service. In that post, he was responsible for driving growth and providing industry-leading service across all of the Grainger-branded business channels. He also has held various positions in product management and has served as President, Grainger Parts, and President, Grainger.com.

Mr. Ryan graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also earned a master’s degree, with distinction, in business administration with a concentration in marketing from DePaul University in Chicago.

In 1999, he was awarded the Distinguished MBA Alumni Award by DePaul University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology recognized him as the 2006 Outstanding Leader in Industry.

Mr. Ryan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and DePaul University, and is a Business Advisory Council member for the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is also a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Business Roundtable.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Biography PhotoE. Scott Santi, age 52, is President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of engineered components and industrial systems and consumables. Mr. Santi was promoted to his current position in November 2012 after having served as acting Chief Executive Officer since October 2012. Previously, Mr. Santi served as Vice Chairman of ITW from 2008 to 2012, and Executive Vice President from 2004 until 2008. Mr. Santi, an independent director, was first elected a director of Grainger in 2010 and is Chair of the Audit Committee, an "audit committee financial expert," and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.
Biography PhotoJames D. Slavik, age 61, is Chairman and a director of Mark IV Capital, Inc., a private commercial real estate development and investment company that was founded in 1974. Mark IV Capital acquires, invests in, develops and manages commercial real estate projects. Mr. Slavik was named to his current position in 2003, after serving as Mark IV Capital, Inc.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2003. He is also a director of the Hoag Hospital Foundation. Mr. Slavik, an independent director, was first elected a director of Grainger in 1987 and is a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee.

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