Charles F. Knight

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Charles F. Knight is an American businessman.[1] He is the chairman emeritus of Emerson Electric Co..[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Charles F. Knight was born in 1936.[1] He graduated from Cornell University in 1957 and was elected to the Sphinx Head Society.[1] He went onto earn his MBA from Cornell in 1959.[1]


He served as Chairman of Emerson Electric from 1974 to 2004 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1973 to 2000.[1] He also served as president from 1986 to 1988 and from 1995 to 1997 and was a director of Emerson from 1972 to 2004.[1] He has sat on the Boards of Directors of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., AT&T Inc., BP plc and Morgan Stanley.[1] He became a director of IBM in 1993.[1]

Personal life[edit]

A Republican, he has supported John Ashcroft, Bush Cheney '04, Rudy Giuliani, Roy Blunt, John McCain, Mitt Romney.[1] He was inducted into Junior Achievement's U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2000. The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center at Washington University in St. Louis is named for him,[3] as is the Charles F. Knight Emergency & Trauma Center, which serves as the main trauma center and emergency department for the Washington University Medical Center/Barnes-Jewish Hospital complex.


  • Performance Without Compromise: How Emerson Consistently Achieves Winning Results (2005)