Thomas J. Hansen (Lead Independent Director)
Mr. Hansen was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2013. Until his retirement in March 2012, Hansen was the vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), where he had been responsible for the company’s Worldwide Automotive Components and Fasteners business, its Construction Products and Fluids & Polymers businesses, as well as its Industrial Metal and Plastics businesses.
Hansen joined ITW in 1980 as sales and marketing manager of the Shakeproof Industrial Products business, which manufactures fasteners for general industrial markets, and was named general manager of the business in 1983. He was promoted to vice president and general manager of ITW’s North American Industrial Metal Fastener and Buckle Divisions in 1986. He was named president of ITW’s North American Industrial and Automotive fastener businesses in 1990 and appointed president of its Worldwide Metal Fastener and Components businesses in 1993. Prior to his election as vice chairman in 2006, Hansen served as executive vice president with responsibility for ITW’s Worldwide Metal and Plastic Fastener and Components businesses, Fluids & Polymers and Construction businesses, as well as its Industrial Metals and Plastic segment.
Hansen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Governors State University. Before joining ITW, he was employed at Singer Controls, now a division of Invensys, in a variety of assignments including regional sales manager and plant manager, and at GE as a zone sales manager. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Terex and Mueller Water Products.