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Nick Pinchuk

Nick Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer at Snap-On Incorporated, will lead Lakeland University's 16th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Business Lecture.

Pinchuk will lead a talk entitled, "The Dignity of Work and the American Economy," at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Bradley Theatre. The event is free and open to all.

His appearance is made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust.

Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on's board. He was elected CEO in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on's Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.

Before he joined Snap-on, Pinchuk was president of global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion-dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation.

Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Pinchuk received an MBA from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer's Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.

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