Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

Janet K. Cooper
Retired, Senior Vice President and Treasurer Qwest Communications International Inc.
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Janet K. Cooper was the Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, Colorado, from September 2002 to June 2008. From 2001 to 2002, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of McDATA Corporation. From 2000 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance of Qwest. From 1998 to 2000, she served in various senior level finance positions at US West Inc., including as Vice President, Finance and Controller and Vice President and Treasurer.

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Gary L. Ellis
Retired, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Information Technology and Facilities & Real Estate Medtronic plc
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Gary L. Ellis was the Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Information Technology and Facilities & Real Estate of Medtronic plc, Dublin, Ireland, from June 2016 until his retirement in December 2016. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medtronic, Inc., from April 2014 to June 2016, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medtronic, Inc. from May 2005 to April 2014, and Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer of Medtronic, Inc. from 1999 to May 2005.

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Jeffrey M. Ettinger
Retired, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hormel Foods Corporation
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Jeffrey M. Ettinger was the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, Minnesota, from October 2016 to November 2017. Previously Mr. Ettinger served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hormel Foods from January 2006 until his retirement in October 2016. He also served as President of Hormel Foods from 2004 until October 2015.

Katherine J. Harless
Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer Idearc Inc.
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Katherine J. Harless was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Idearc Inc., Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, from November 2006 until her retirement in February 2008. She previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Information Services Inc. from 2000 to November 2006, when it was spun off by Verizon Communications, Inc. to become Idearc, and was a director of Idearc from November 2006 to May 2008. Ms. Harless is a director of the North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

Jeffrey L. Harmening
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer General Mills, Inc.
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Jeffrey L. Harmening is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Mills, Inc. He has been chairman since January 2018 and chief executive officer since June 2017. Previously, he served as General Mills’ President and Chief Operating Officer from July 2016 to May 2017, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, US Retail from May 2014 to June 2016, and Senior Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, Cereal Partners Worldwide.
D. Christian Koch
President and Chief Executive Officer Carlisle Companies Incorporated
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D. Christian Koch (Chris) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a position he has held since January 2016. Previously, Chris was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Carlisle Companies from May 2014 to January 2016, Group President of Carlisle Diversified Products from June 2012 to May 2014, President of Carlisle Brake & Friction, Inc. from January 2009 to June 2012 and President of Carlisle Asia-Pacific from February 2008, when he joined Carlisle Companies, to January 2009.
Joyce A. Mullen
President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT Dell Technologies
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Joyce A. Mullen is the President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT of Dell Technologies, a position she has held since November 2017.  Previously, she served as Dell Technologies’ Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and Iot Solutions from February 2015 to November 2017 and Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM Solutions from February 2012 to February 2015.  
Richard M. Olson
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer The Toro Company
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Rick Olson was elected Chairman of the Board in November, 2017, and as president and chief executive officer in November 2016. Previously he was elected president and chief operating officer in September 2015 and to the board of directors of The Toro Company in January 2016. Prior to that he was elected group vice president, international business, micro irrigation business and distributor development in June 2014, and was named vice president, international business in March 2013.

Olson joined Toro in 1986 as a manufacturing process engineer. He has held various positions in operations and engineering at five Toro locations—including manager of advanced manufacturing, commercial engineering program manager, director of Shakopee plant operations, and managing director of northern manufacturing operations. In 2010, he was named general manager of Exmark and was appointed vice president, Exmark in 2012.

Olson earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. Olson currently serves on the board of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the board of The Toro Foundation and the Carlson School Board of Overseers.

James C. O'Rourke
President and Chief Executive Officer The Mosaic Company
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James C. O’Rourke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mosaic Company, Plymouth, Minnesota, a position he has held since August 2015. Previously, he served as Mosaic’s Executive Vice President—Operations and Chief Operating Officer since August 2012, and as Executive Vice President— Operations since January 2009, when he joined Mosaic.

Gregg W. Steinhafel
Former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Target Corporation
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Gregg W. Steinhafel served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Target Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota until May 2014. Mr. Steinhafel was appointed as Chairman of Target in February 2009, was elected as Chief Executive Officer of Target in May 2008, was appointed a director of Target in January 2007, and was elected as President of Target in 1999.

Michael G. Vale, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Health Care Business Group 3M Company
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Michael G. Vale, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President, Health Care Business Group of 3M Company, St. Paul, Minnesota, a position he has held since July 2016. Previously, he served as 3M’s Executive Vice President, Consumer Business Group from August 2011 to July 2016. Dr. Vale joined 3M in 1992 and has served in a variety of domestic and international leadership roles, including product development engineer, manufacturing director, managing director of 3M Spain, and managing director of 3M Brazil.

Our Company

At The Toro Company, we take great pride in helping our customers enrich the beauty, productivity, and sustainability of the land. Founded in 1914, The Toro Company was built on a tradition of quality and caring relationships. Today, the company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf maintenance, snow and ice management, landscape, rental and specialty construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Through a strong network of professional distributors, dealers and retailers in more than 125 countries, we proudly offer a wide range of products across a family of global brands to help golf courses, professional contractors, groundskeepers, agricultural growers, rental companies, government and educational institutions, and homeowners – in addition to many leading sports venues and historic sites around the world.