Christopher A. Coughlin serves as executive vice president and group president and is also an officer of The Timken Company. Named to his current position in 2014, he is responsible for the operational and commercial activities related to the company’s portfolio of engineered bearings, mechanical power transmission products and industrial services. In addition, Chris holds corporate-wide responsibilities for quality assurance and technology advancement.
In 2010, he became president of Process Industries. He also was responsible for distribution and global supply chain management for the Bearings and Power Transmission Group as well as for the Timken global purchasing organization.
Chris was named to lead a multi-year initiative to streamline business processes and implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in 2004. He also was previously based in Colmar, France, where he held a variety of management positions including vice president of industrial equipment, vice president of process industries and vice president of primary metals. Chris originally began his Timken career in 1984 as a metallurgist.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. Currently, Chris serves on the board of directors of the American Bearing Manufacturers’ Association and the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.