Mr. Ernest S. Santi is Independent Director at W.W. Grainger, Inc., President, Chief Executive Officer Director at Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Secretary Trustee at Ravinia Festival Association, a Member at The Commercial Club of Chicago, a Member at Economic Club of Chicago, and a Member at The Executives Club of Chicago. He is on the Board of Directors at W.W. Grainger, Inc., Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Ravinia Festival Association, Mapi, Inc., The Museum of Science Industry, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and Rush University Medical Center.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Ernest Scott Santi is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Illinois Tool Works Inc. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer from October to November 2012. Previously, Mr. Santi served as Vice Chairman from December 2008 to October 2012 and Executive Vice President from October 2004 to December 2008. He has served as a director of ITW since November 2012 and currently serves as a director of W.W. Grainger, Inc. He has not served as a director of any other publicly traded company in the last five years. Mr. Santi also has significant experience as a participating board member of a number of professional and not-for-profit organizations.