Chris is the Executive Chairman of the Board. He is also a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.
Prior to being named Executive Chairman, Chris served as CEO of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. from January 2010 through January 5, 2020. He led the Company through its spin-off from Fortune Brands, Inc. (the former parent company) to become an independently traded company in October 2011. During his leadership, Fortune Brands Home & Security built a record of market outperformance and strong growth.
Chris joined Fortune Brands, Inc. in April 2003. He began in the position of senior vice president – strategy and corporate development. In this role, Chris managed all mergers and acquisitions activity, corporate strategy development, capital allocation and human resources. During this period, Chris worked with the CEO and the Fortune Brands, Inc. Board to refine the company’s strategy. He helped reshape the company by leading 18 acquisitions and divestitures within the organization’s golf, spirits and home & security divisions, totaling over $10 billion.
Prior to joining Fortune Brands, Inc., Chris held key strategy and operating positions at Bank One Corporation. Before that, he spent eight years at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Chris spent his early career in commercial banking, at both ABN AMRO and First Chicago.
He is also a board member of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), the largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles in the world.
Chris received a BBA from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business and earned his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.