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Carolyn A. Woznicki

Carolyn A. Woznicki

Vice President Global Strategic Sourcing and Environmental, Health & Safety, retired

Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

Carolyn Woznicki is Vice President Global Strategic Sourcing and Environmental, Health & Safety for Illinois Tool Works (ITW). ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses.  The company focuses on profitable growth and strong returns across worldwide platforms and businesses.  These businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets.  ITW’s revenues totaled $12.6 billion in 2020, with about half of these revenues generated outside of the United States.  Carolyn joined ITW in February 2013.

Prior to the ITW role, Carolyn served in a variety of roles at Johnson Controls, Inc. for over 14 years.  Most recently Carolyn was vice president of global procurement and supply chain for the Building Efficiency Group of Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She managed the global purchasing and supply chain activities of this group and JCI’s corporate indirect spend. Her total purchase responsibility exceeded $9 billion. She served in this role from 2005 until joining ITW.  During her tenure at Johnson Controls, Carolyn also served as vice president and general manager of North America purchasing for the Automotive Group and as the vice president and general manager of the company’s Ford Business Unit. Before that, she was a vehicle line executive in the company’s DaimlerChrysler Business Unit and director of purchasing. She joined the company in 1998.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Carolyn worked in a variety of supplier quality, purchasing, and manufacturing positions at General Motors Corporation for over 18 years.

Carolyn earned a master’s degree in business administration from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial administration from General Motors Institute (now known as Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. She resides in Wind Lake, Wisconsin, with her husband and three children.