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Episode 059 – D.G. Macpherson, Chairman and CEO, W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Tune in to the Executives’ Exchange as we welcome W.W. Grainger Inc.’s visionary Chairman and CEO, D.G. Macpherson. As the leader behind one of Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2024, D.G. shares how he expanded his business for the future while becoming more connected to customers. Hear about D.G.’s journey from the US Air Force to W.W. Grainger, Inc.

00:00 – Intro
01:01 – Macpherson’s upbringing & family history
03:52 – Macpherson’s path to the military
06:10 – Experience before W.W. Grainger, Inc.
09:48 – The pathway to CEO
12:38 – Leading W.W. Grainger, Inc. through challenges
16:50– The W.W. Grainger, Inc. Edge
20:09 – Addition of technology
23:03 – Development in leadership talents
26:01 – Message from our sponsor, Shure
26:34– The future of W.W. Grainger, Inc.
29:25 – Expanding on AI
32:16 – Rapid Fire Questions
39:40 – Outro

Episode Link: Grainger

Host: Margaret Mueller, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago 
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago 

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