Mary Kate Phillips
Group President of FEG Global Retail Platform
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
“Working in manufacturing, particularly at ITW, is rewarding because we work as a dynamic team in an entrepreneurial environment. It is energizing and exciting to work alongside talented colleagues to create innovative and customer-focused solutions.”
Mary Kate Phillips is the Group President of the Global Retail Platform in ITW’s Food Equipment Segment. Vice President/General Manager of Brand Identity, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). 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 $13.4 billion in 2015, with more than half of these revenues generated outside of the United States.
Mary Kate was promoted to Group President, Food Equipment Retail Platform in June, 2016. She joined ITW in 2013, as the Vice President of Brand Identity, part of the Specialty Segment. The division supplies highly technical printing solutions to the Medical, Financial Card, and Automotive Markets, with manufacturing on 3 continents and customers all over the world. Her career started in 1993 at International Paper as a Sales Trainee, and later spent 5 years as a Sales Representative. In 1999, Mary Kate moved to Alcoa where she spent several years as a Sales Manager and Plant Manager in the Flexible Packaging Business Unit. Following that, she was promoted to General Manager in Alcoa’s Building and Construction segment.
Mary Kate earned a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University, Chicago, IL. Mary Kate is also involved with her community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Reverend Robert J Loftus Endowment Fund and is actively involved in Junior Achievement.