Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Grainger
Kathleen Carroll is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operations products serving businesses and institutions. Carroll has more than 25 years of experience in leading HR and organizational strategies to drive business results. Prior to Grainger, Carroll was with First Midwest Bank, where she served as Executive Vice President and CHRO. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions with Aon Corporation, which included Global Head of Talent Acquisition and HR Lead for M&A. Prior to her roles in HR, she worked in Corporate Development and Strategy where she led strategic initiatives and acquisitions and divestitures. She served as the overall project lead for the development of Aon Hewitt’s Corporate Health Care Exchange business and played a central role in the Aon / Hewitt merger integration. Carroll has also worked in the private equity industry as an investment officer and started her career as a Certified Public Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She currently serves on the boards of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Greater Chicago. Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.