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David Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and specialty materials. He was first elected president, CEO, and a member of the Board of Honeywell in February 2002. He was named chairman of the Board of Directors on July 1, 2002.
Cote came to Honeywell from TRW, a $16 billion products and services provider for the automotive, aerospace, and information technology markets, where he joined as president in 1999. He was subsequently named CEO in 2001 and chairman in 2002. Cote joined TRW from General Electric, where he served 25 years, progressing through a series of positions in manufacturing, finance, marketing, strategic planning, and general management. He was appointed to his last position at GE – corporate senior vice president and president and CEO of GE Appliances – in 1996.
Cote is a 1976 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is one of 10 U.S. CEOs invited to serve on the U.S.-India CEO Forum established by President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2005. Cote was recognized by the Foreign Policy Association in 2007 with its Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the company’s Honeywell Hometown Solutions program.