Board of Directors / Robert E. Brunner
Robert E. Brunner
Robert E. Brunner has been a member of the Board since 2012, and served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from May 2017 through December 2020. Mr. Brunner was the Executive Vice President of Illinois Tool Works, a Fortune 250 global, multiindustrial manufacturer of advanced industrial technology, from 2006 until his retirement in 2012. He previously served ITW as President—Global Auto beginning in 2005 and President—North American Auto starting in 2003. Mr. Brunner serves on the board of directors and Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, a publicly-held diversified manufacturer of engineered components and products and as Chairperson of the board of directors of Lindsay Corporation, a publicly held global manufacturer of irrigation equipment and road safety products.
Mr. Brunner brings to the Board broad industry knowledge, executive leadership experience and extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Brunner’s experience and leadership with ITW, a diversified manufacturer with a global footprint, provides valuable insight to our Board on automotive strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, operations, and international issues. Additionally, his extensive public company board experience and leadership provides the Board with valuable insight regarding corporate governance matters.