W.L. Mellon Speaker: David Farr

David Farr, chairman and chief executive officer of Emerson, spoke to the Tepper School on Sept. 15, 2015.
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David N. Farr is CEO and chairman of Emerson, roles that he has held since 2000 and 2004 respectively. Under his leadership, Emerson has steadily transformed itself from a products-based U.S. manufacturing company into a global engineering and solutions leader that is driving innovation across the world’s most complex industries. Farr joined Emerson in 1981 and has served in a range of senior management positions including four years as the Hong Kong-based president of Emerson’s Asia-Pacific operations and company president from 2005-2010. 

Committed to giving back to the community, Farr is active in a wide range of civic and charitable organizations in St. Louis. In recognition of his contributions, he received the Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in 2012 and was named St. Louis Citizen for the Year in 2011. Farr also believes strongly in the positive role business plays in economic development and is on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the executive committee of the US-China Business Council, and is a member of the IBM board of directors.

Farr received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.