Neil A. Schrimsher

President & Chief Executive Officer
Neil joined Applied Industrial Technologies as Chief Executive Officer in October 2011. In August 2013 his title was expanded to President & CEO. Prior to joining Applied, he served as Executive Vice President of Cooper Industries where he led multiple businesses in Cooper's Electrical Products Group and headed numerous domestic and international growth initiatives.

Before joining Cooper in 2006 as President of Cooper Lighting, Neil worked in Atlanta for Siemens Energy & Automation, part of Siemens AG, the global electronics and electrical engineering company, as Vice President, Residential Infrastructure Division (2001-2003), and Vice President, Power Distribution & Controls (2003-2006).

Neil began his career at General Electric Company in 1984 and rose through a succession of positions in GE Lighting, including National Sales Manager and General Manager of Commercial & Industrial Marketing. He worked at GE Lighting headquarters in Cleveland from 1991-1994 and from 1998-2001.

Neil’s career includes extensive experience and a proven track record of generating profitable growth and driving operational continuous improvement. He brings to Applied® an excellent understanding of the industrial distribution business from a manufacturer’s viewpoint and a customer's perspective.

Neil currently serves on the Board of Directors of Patterson Companies, Inc. He holds an MBA from John Carroll University and a BS in business administration (marketing) from the University of Tennessee.