Chairman, President and CEO, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
James T. Ryan is Grainger’s™ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grainger, a position assumed in 2008, and was appointed to Grainger™s Board of Directors in 2007. Previously he had been Grainger’s™ President and Chief Operating Officer. Before assuming that position in 2007, Mr. Ryan served as President, a position assumed in 2006, and served as Group President since 2004. He has served Grainger in increasingly responsible roles since 1980, including Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service; Vice President, Information Services; President, grainger.com; and President, Grainger Parts. Mr. Ryan is a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry and DePaul University, and a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.