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David Cote

Executive Chairman, Honeywell

David Cote

"Under his leadership, Honeywell’s market cap has grown from $20 billion to about $90 billion"

David Cote is Executive Chairman of Honeywell. He was Honeywell’s Chairman and CEO from 2002 until 2017. Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanization.

David was elected in March 2014 as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to represent the interests of the public. In 2012-2013 David served as a founding member of the steering committee of the Campaign to Fix Debt, a bi-partisan effort to build support for a comprehensive U.S. debt reduction plan. David was named Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable (BRT) in 2011 and also chaired its Energy and Environment Committee. In 2010, David was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. David was named co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009, and has served on the Forum since July 2005.

David was awarded the 2016 Deming Cup by the W. Edwards Deming Center at Columbia Business School for his operational excellence and for fostering a culture of continuous improvement at Honeywell. He was also named the 2016 CEO Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Foundation, which supports football coaches at all levels through ongoing education, interaction and networking to drive a safer and better game. In 2014, David was selected for the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which recognizes dedicated community leaders who have accomplished remarkable achievements through honesty, hard work, self-reliance, and perseverance over adversity. David was named Institutional Investor’s Best CEO in the Capital Goods/Industrial – Electrical Equipment & Multi-Industry category for five straight years (2013-2017). He has also been recognized as one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s for five straight years (2013-2017) and was named Executive of the Year – Conglomerates at the 2015 American Business “Stevie” Awards. In 2013, David was named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive, presented the Australian Association’s Award for Excellence, named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by StemConnectors.org, and received the Corporate Leadership Award from TechAmerica. He received the Asia Society's Global Leadership Award, the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development in 2012, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in 2011. David also received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in 2007.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire, and, in 2011, the University presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2009, David was made an honorary professor at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China. In 2001, David received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.