Former SVP & General Counsel
Chicago Urban League
WEC Energy Group
Maria Green is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012, 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 $17.8 billion in 2011, with more than half of these revenues generated outside of the United States.
Ms. Green joined ITW’s Legal Department in 1997. Prior to joining ITW, Ms. Green was General Counsel of the Midwest Division of Amtrak, a senior associate at the law firm of Akin Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. and in the legal department of Continental Illinois Bank and Trust Company. Ms. Green has completed over 150 mergers and acquisitions since joining the Company. In 2008, Ms. Green was promoted to Deputy General Counsel with responsibility for the Risk Management Group and ITW’s in-house attorneys in France and China. Ms. Green was elected Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in August, 2011.
Ms. Green has also been an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Green received a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Professional and Personal Affiliations
Ms. Green is a member of the bar in New York, Illinois and the District of Columbia. She is also a Board Member of the DuSable Museum, the Chicago Urban League and the Goodman Theatre. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the American and Chicago Bar Associations, International Women’s Forum, Executive Leadership Council and the Association of Corporate Counsel.