Katie Lawler


Illinois Tool Works, Inc.


Shedd Aquarium
Junior Achievement of Chicago
Loyola Academy



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Law License (IL)

Katie Lawler is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Founded in 1912, ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 250 global industrial company centered on a highly differentiated proprietary business model. The company’s seven industry-leading segments leverage the ITW Business Model to generate solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required. ITW’s approximately 50,000 dedicated team members around the world thrive in the company’s decentralized, entrepreneurial culture. ITW’s revenues totaled $14.8 billion in 2018. The company had a market capitalization of approximately $57 billion as of April, 2019.

Ms. Lawler joined ITW in 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company).

Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice handling labor and employment matters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Ms. Lawler currently serves on the boards of directors for Junior Achievement of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium and Loyola Academy High School.  From 2009-2013, Katie served on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and was Board Chair from 2012–2013.

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