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W W Grainger Inc (GWW.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Donald Macpherson

49 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

John Howard

59 2000 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Laura Brown

53 2010 Senior Vice President - Communications and Investor Relations

Joseph High

62 2011 Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Paige Robbins

48 2016 Senior Vice President - Global Supply Chain, Branch Network, Contact Centers and Corporate Strategy

Greg Harman

2016 Chief Information Officer

Eric Tapia

40 2016 Vice President, Controller

Stuart Levenick

63 2015 Lead Independent Director

Beatriz Perez

2017 Director

Lucas Watson

2017 Director

Rodney Adkins

59 2014 Independent Director

Brian Anderson

66 2015 Independent Director

V. Ann Hailey

66 2006 Independent Director

Neil Novich

63 1999 Independent Director

Michael Roberts

66 2006 Independent Director

Ernest Santi

55 2010 Independent Director

James Slavik

64 1987 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Donald Macpherson

Mr. Donald G. Macpherson has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2017, Director of the Company. He is Chief Executive Officer of Grainger, a position assumed in October 2016 at which time he was also appointed to the Board. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Grainger from August 2015 through September 2016. Prior to these roles, Mr. Macpherson was Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International, where he led the development of corporate strategy and continuous improvement, the global supply chain organization, the Company's single channel online business model and international operations in Asia and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Macpherson was Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Macpherson joined Grainger in 2008 from The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, where he was a partner and managing director from 2002 to 2008.

John Howard

Mr. John L. Howard is Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the company. He joined Grainger and was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel in January 2000. His responsibilities include all of the company’s legal and corporate development functions. Before joining Grainger, Mr. Howard served as Vice President and General Counsel for Tenneco Automotive, a subsidiary of Tenneco, Inc. Prior assignments included Vice President, Law at Tenneco. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Howard served in TheWhite House as Counsel to the Vice President of the United States. From 1984 to 1990, he held a variety of legal positions within the federal government, including Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Howard served a five-year termas Chairman, Special Panel on Appeals. He also served a two-year termon the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Seventh District AdvisoryCouncil.He currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Rush University Medical Center and The Grainger Foundation.

Laura Brown

Ms. Laura D. Brown is Senior Vice President - Communications and Investor Relations of the Company. She is responsible for Grainger’s internal and external communications, public affairs and investor relations. Ms. Brown had served as Vice President, Global Business Communications. Since joining the company in 2000, she has held roles of increasing responsibility in the finance, marketing, and investor relations organizations. Prior to joining Grainger, Ms. Brown was a vice president at Baxter International and Alliant Food Service. Ms. Brown is a member of The Chicago Network and The Economic Club of Chicago, serves as Chair of the Board of Make-A-Wish Illinois and is a 2012 Fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago program.

Joseph High

Mr. Joseph C. High is Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Grainger, Mr. High was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio, a position assumed in 2004

Paige Robbins

Ms. Paige K. Robbins is Senior Vice President - Global Supply Chain, Branch Network, Contact Centers and Corporate Strategy of the company. Since joining Grainger in September 2010, Ms. Robbins has held various positions as a Vice President, including in the areas of Global Supply Chain and Logistics.

Greg Harman

Eric Tapia

Mr. Eric R. Tapia serves as Vice President, Controller of the Company. Previously, Mr. Tapia served as Vice President, Internal Audit from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Tapia is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and before joining Grainger in 2010 was an audit partner with KPMG.

Stuart Levenick

Mr. Stuart L. Levenick is Lead Independent Director of the company. He is a retired 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 the Lead Director of Entergy Corporation, where he also chairs its finance committee and is a member of its governance and executive committee, and Finning International Inc., where he is a member of its audit committee and safety, environment and social responsibility committee. Mr. Levenick, an independent director, was first appointed a director of Grainger in 2005, and is the Lead Director, Chair of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.

Beatriz Perez

Ms. Beatriz R. Perez serves as Director of the company. As The Coca-Cola Company's first Chief Sustainability Officer, Perez develops and leads programs on global sustainability with a focus on water stewardship and women's economic empowerment. Under her leadership, the company has advanced a global sustainability strategy designed to help grow the business, while making a lasting positive difference for consumers, communities and the environment. Prior to being named Chief Sustainability Officer in 2011, Perez held various roles of increasing responsibility at The Coca-Cola Company in the North America Operating Division, including Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President Integrated Marketing, and multiple field operating roles. As Chief Marketing Officer, she led all aspects of marketing strategy and execution for theNorth Americabusiness encompassing brands, consumers and information technology.

Lucas Watson

Mr. Lucas E. Watson is Director of the Company. Watson joined Intuit in August 2016, after serving as Vice President of Global Brand Solutions and Innovations at Google, where he led the company's brand advertising business. He joined Google in 2011, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for You Tube. Prior to Google, Watson worked for Procter & Gamble, holding a variety of sales, marketing and digital business roles for P&G's digital initiatives for 75 brands across 200 countries. "We are pleased to welcome Lucas to the Grainger Board," said DG Macpherson, Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grainger. " He has significant experience working with well-known brands, and driving growth especially through their digital assets. We are confident that Lucas' experience in leading major marketing and sales organizations, and his customer-focused approach will be an asset to the Grainger Board." Watson holds an MBA from Boston College's Carroll School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and math from Hamilton College.

Rodney Adkins

Mr. Rodney C. Adkins is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Adkins is President of 3RAM Group LLC, a privately held company specializing in capital investments, business consulting services and property management. Formerly, Mr. Adkins was Senior Vice President of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a leading manufacturer of information technologies, having served in that position from 2007 until 2014. In his over 30-year career with IBM, Mr. Adkins held a number of development and management roles, including Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy from 2013 to 2014, Senior Vice President of Systems and Technology Group from 2009 to 2013, Senior Vice President of Development & Manufacturing from 2007 to 2009, and Vice President of Development of IBM Systems and Technology Group from 2003 to 2007. He is also a director of Avnet, Inc., where he serves on its audit committee, PPL Corporation, where he serves on its audit committee, and United Parcel Service, Inc., where he chairs the risk committee and is a member of the compensation committee. Mr. Adkins was also a director of Pitney Bowes Inc. from 2007 to 2013, where he served on its audit committee and executive compensation committee. Mr. Adkins, an independent director, was first appointed a director of Grainger in July 2014 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.

Brian Anderson

Mr. Brian P. Anderson is Independent Director of W W Grainger Inc. He 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 James Hardie Industries plc where he chairs the audit committee and serves on the remuneration committee, PulteGroup, Inc. where he chairs the audit committee and serves on the nominating and governance committee, and Stericycle, Inc. where he serves on the audit committee. He is a director and Chairman of The Nemours Foundation, a non-profit children's health organization, and a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality's (CAQ) Governing Board. Mr. Anderson was also a director of A.M. Castle & Co. from 2005 to 2016, where he served as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of its audit committee. 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.

V. Ann Hailey

Ms. V. Ann Hailey is an Independent Director of the company. She spent 10 years with L Brands, Inc. (formerly Limited Brands, Inc.), a retail apparel, personal care and beauty products company, where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2006, as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development from 2006 to 2007 and as a board member from 2001 to 2006. Prior to joining L Brands, Ms. Hailey spent 13 years at PepsiCo, Inc. in various leadership positions, including Vice President, Headquarters Finance, Pepsi-Cola Company and Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Pepsi-Cola Fountain Beverage and USA Divisions. She most recently served from July 2012 to March 2014 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Famous Yard Sale, Inc., an online marketplace for celebrities offering items in a virtual yard sale format, and as Chief Financial Officer of Gilt Groupe, Inc., an Internet retailer of discount luxury goods, from January 2009 until January 2010. Ms. Hailey has also held leadership roles at Pillsbury Company and RJR Nabisco Foods, Inc. Ms. Hailey serves as a director of Realogy Holdings Corp., where she chairs its audit committee and is a member of its nominating and corporate governance committee. She also serves as a director of TD Ameritrade Holdings, Inc., where she serves on several board committees, including its audit and risk committees. She was formerly a director of Avon Products, Inc. from 2008 to 2016, where she served on its audit and finance committees, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where she served as the chair of its audit committee. 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.

Neil Novich

Mr. Neil S. Novich is Independent Director of the company. He 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 compensation committee and previously chaired 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 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.

Michael Roberts

Mr. Michael James Roberts is Independent Director of the company. He is the former Global President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald's Corporation from 2004 to 2006. His previous positions at McDonald's Corporation include 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 compensation committee. Mr. Roberts previously served on the board of directors of Qwest Communications International, Inc. (prior to its acquisition by CenturyLink) from August 2009 to April 2011, where he served on the compensation and human resources committee, and SP Plus Corporation (formerly, Standard Parking Corporation) from April 2010 to June 2013, where he served on the audit, compensation and executive committees. 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

Ernest Santi

Mr. Ernest Scott Santi is Independent Director of W W Grainger Inc. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of engineered components and industrial systems and consumables. Mr. Santi was elected Chief Executive Officer of ITW in November 2012, after serving as acting Chief Executive Officer since October 2012, and was elected Chairman in May of 2015. 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.

James Slavik

Mr. James D. Slavik is an Independent Director of W W Grainger Inc. He 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 also serves on the Advisory Board for the Cove Fund, a seed capital fund affiliated with UCI Applied Innovation (formerly the Institute for Innovation) at the University of California at Irvine and is a Founding Director for UCI Applied Innovation. Mr. Slavik is also a director of the Hoag Hospital Foundation and is a member of its investment and nominating committees. 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 the Compensation Committee.

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