Stanley Black & Decker appoints Chris Nelson COO and tools & outdoor executive VP, president

Chris Nelson

Stanley Black & Decker has announced the appointment of Chris Nelson as chief operating officer of the company, and executive vice president and president of tools & outdoor, effective June 14, 2023.

Nelson joins the company from Carrier Corporation and brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in general management, product development and innovation, and growth transformation. Nelson will report to Donald Allan Jr., president and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker. He will assume the role of president, tools & outdoor, from current acting co-presidents Robert Raff and John Wyatt. Raff will continue to serve as chief commercial officer, tools & outdoor and Wyatt will become senior vice president, strategy and integration.

“Chris is an experienced global leader with exceptional industry knowledge and existing relationships with many of our customers. His track record of success implementing growth strategies, which have delivered customer-centric innovation and profitable market share expansion, makes him an ideal leader to join Stanley Black & Decker at this point in our transformation,” says Allan Jr. “The Board and I look forward to partnering with him to streamline and optimize the company around our core businesses and strong portfolio of global brands as we execute our strategy and generate sustainable growth. On behalf of the Board, management team and our employees, I would like to thank Robert and John for driving significant progress toward our business transformation in their time as acting co-presidents. We are happy they both will continue to drive the business forward as part of our leadership team.”

Most recently, Nelson served as president for Carrier’s flagship HVAC segment, where he led the global commercial and residential product and service portfolio and was responsible for driving profitable growth across the company’s global brands including Carrier, Toshiba, Riello and Bryant. Nelson led the business with a focus on innovating products through a global platform approach, accelerating digital innovation and growing segment market share. He was also responsible for Carrier’s HVAC joint venture partnerships around the world.

“I’m honored to join Stanley Black & Decker and its more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and around the world. As a global industry leader with its world-renowned portfolio of global brands, Stanley Black & Decker delivers exceptional products, breakthrough innovation and best-in-class services to customers and end users,” says Nelson. “I see tremendous opportunities to help advance the company’s transformation to deliver strong, purpose-driven performance and I’m eager to hit the ground running in partnership with Don and the leadership team.”

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