James W. Griffith 


President and CEO, The Timken Company


James W. Griffith is president and chief executive officer of The Timken Company and a member of the company’s board of directors. 


Since being named president in 1999, Griffith has led a transformation of The Timken Company focused on creating  ever-increasing levels of value for customers and shareholders. By harnessing its legendary quality and industry-leading innovation, Timken has pushed beyond its historic leadership in the tapered roller bearing market into a vast global market for technologies to manage the friction generated by moving parts and improve the transmission of power in a wide array of machines.


Griffith joined The Timken Company in 1984 and has held positions as plant manager, vice president of manufacturing in North America and managing director of the company’s business in Australia. From 1996 to 1999, he led Timken’s automotive business in North America and the company’s bearing business activities in Asia and Latin America. He was elected president, chief operating officer and director in 1999 and was named chief executive officer in 2002.


Griffith is vice president of the World Bearing Association and chairman of the board of the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET). He is president of the Management Executives’ Society and serves on the boards of directors of the US-China Business Council, Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) and AB Volvo (Stockholm: VOLVB). He also serves on the board of the University of Mount Union.


Griffith holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.