NSN Conference 2017

 

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Joseph High

Joseph High

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
W.W. Grainger

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Joseph High joined Grainger as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer in June 2011. As a member of Grainger’s senior executive team, Mr. High helps create and execute Grainger’s enterprise-wide strategies, policies and practices. As the global Human Resources leader, he aligns business strategies with people initiatives to build high performing leaders and teams that meet the needs of diverse customers with excellence, driving company success and shareholder value.

Prior to joining Grainger, Mr. High was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio. Previous to that role, he was head of Human Resources for ConocoPhillips in Houston. Mr. High also served as an Officer at Rockwell Automation and Cummins Engine Company.

Mr. High currently serves on the Board of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed or underemployed job seekers. Mr. High has also served on the Board of Outward Bound, which is a premier provider of experience-based outdoor leadership programs, and was a Trustee of the University of Toledo. He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Policy Association. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina and the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business along with being a member of The Executive Leadership Council, a premier leadership organization comprised of senior African-American corporate executives from Fortune 500 companies dedicated to inclusion and development of young leaders.

Mr. High graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina with a major in business. He also has a master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2016 sales of $10.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.