Charles F. Knight

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


Early life[edit]

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


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.

Personal life[edit]

A Republican, he has supported John Ashcroft, Bush Cheney '04, Rudy Giuliani, Roy Blunt, John McCain, 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,[2] 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)