Chief Executive Officer, Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
Chris is the chief executive officer of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.
Chris has served as CEO of Fortune Brands Home & Security since January 2010. He led the Company through its spin-off from Fortune Brands, Inc. (our former parent company) to become an independently traded company in October 2011. During his leadership, Fortune Brands Home & Security has built a record of market outperformance and strong growth.
Chris began serving as president and chief operating officer of Fortune Brands Home & Security in April 2009, when it was a business segment of the former parent company. He took the initiative to reduce the segment’s manufacturing footprint to drive higher margins, while maintaining the ability to ramp up production. He prepared the segment to be a solid, stand-alone company.
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.
Chris graduated from the University of Iowa’s business school (BBA) and earned his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.