November 7, 2022
Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global leader in motion and control technologies, recently announced that its Board of Directors has elected Jennifer A. Parmentier as Chief Executive Officer and Andrew D. Ross as Chief Operating Officer, each effective January 1, 2023. Parker also announced that its Board approved, effective January 1, 2023, an increase in the size of the Board from twelve to thirteen Directors and the appointment of Parmentier as a member of the Board.
Parmentier will succeed Thomas L. Williams as Chief Executive Officer and will report to the Board of Directors. Williams has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2015 and Chairman of the Board since 2016. To ensure a smooth transition of his responsibilities, Williams plans to continue as Executive Chairman from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023, at which time he intends to retire from Parker and the Board. Ross will succeed Parmentier as Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Lee Banks, who remains Vice Chairman and President.
“Jenny and Andy bring extensive experience across Parker’s operating groups and regions, and each is a strong advocate for the power of The Win Strategy in driving our operations to record performance and growth,” said Williams. “Together with Lee Banks and Todd Leombruno, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, they will form the new Office of the Chief Executive and are the right team to lead Parker to achieve its FY27 performance targets.
“In coordination with the Board, I have been planning this transition for many years and believe this is the right time to step down from the CEO position. It has truly been an honor to lead this great company. As I reflect on my tenure as CEO, I am most grateful for the dedication and ownership of our team members globally. No matter where I am in the company, I have always felt your encouragement and full support. I’m proud of our work together to make Parker one of the safest places to work, our achievement of top quartile performance and the alignment of our entire organization around our purpose as a platform for growth, change and positive impact. Our new leadership team is backed by a deep, talented, and highly engaged global team. Parker has a very promising future ahead.”
Commenting on the leadership transition, Lead Director James L. Wainscott, said, “Parker’s Board of Directors takes a structured approach to senior leadership development and succession. Our process allows us to evaluate the performance, qualifications and cultural fit of key executives and benchmark them against other highly talented leaders. We are confident that both Jenny and Andy are the right leaders to continue the trend of very strong performance and transformational growth at Parker.
“Under Tom’s leadership, Parker is a company transformed through both a significant improvement in its performance and a significant reshaping of its portfolio. Through strong cash generation and effective deployment of capital, Parker’s portfolio of businesses has been strengthened and strategic acquisitions have returned value to shareholders in the form of higher margins, and a higher growth profile of businesses serving longer cycle end markets. Importantly, the company has also driven top quartile levels of engagement among team members across the world, inspired by the introduction of the Parker purpose statement, a focus on safety, and the deployment of high-performance teams. Tom’s leadership legacy at Parker will last well beyond the years he spent as CEO.”
Parmentier became Chief Operating Officer in 2021 with responsibility for all of Parker’s operating groups. Previously, she was Vice President and President – Motion Systems Group from 2019 to 2021 and Vice President and President – Engineered Materials Group from 2015 to 2019, where she was responsible for all financial and strategic aspects of the global operations of those operating groups. Prior to those roles, since joining Parker in 2008, she held a variety of operational roles including General Manager of the Sporlan Division in the Instrumentation Group, and General Manager of the Hose Products Division in the Fluid Connectors Group. Prior to joining Parker, Parmentier was Business Leader for Ingersoll Rand Trane Residential Systems and held operational leadership positions with Magna Corporation. Parmentier holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Webster University and an Executive MBA from Loyola Chicago Quinlan School of Business. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN).
“It’s an exciting time to take on the leadership of Parker with its rich history of success,” said Parmentier. “My goal will be to continue to build upon the tremendous work and momentum that Tom, Lee and our global team have set in motion. This will include an ongoing focus on the key principles of The Win Strategy, which will be the foundation for us to achieve our five-year goals. It’s a great time to lead Parker to our next level of engagement, customer experience, growth and performance, all while our people and technologies make the world a better place.”
Ross has extensive operational leadership experience across Parker’s operating groups during his 24-year career with the company. He has been Vice President and President – Fluid Connectors Group since 2015. Previously, he was Vice President and President – Engineered Materials Group from 2012 to 2015. Prior to those roles, since joining Parker in 1998 as a Product Manager in the Engineered Materials Group, Ross has held various roles of progressing responsibility, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing and General Manager while in the Engineered Materials Group, and General Manager and Vice President of Operations in the Motion Systems Group.
“I’m very excited to partner with Jenny, Lee and Todd and the entire leadership team as we collaborate to help Parker achieve its goals,” said Ross. “The operational improvements that Tom and Lee have established have led to historic levels of company performance. Yet we still see opportunities and our plan will be to continue striving for operational excellence across all of our businesses with the support of our engaged and talented global team members.”