Charles F. Knight
He served as Chairman of Emerson Electric from 1974 to 2004 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1973 to 2000. He also served as president from 1986 to 1988 and from 1995 to 1997 and was a director of Emerson from 1972 to 2004. He has sat on the Boards of Directors of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., AT&T Inc., BP plc and Morgan Stanley. He became a director of IBM in 1993.
A Republican, Knight supported John Ashcroft, George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani, Roy Blunt, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. 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, 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.
He died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on September 12, 2017.
- Performance Without Compromise: How Emerson Consistently Achieves Winning Results (2005)
- Featured Alumni
- Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center
- "Legendary Emerson CEO Charles "Chuck" Knight dies". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
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