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, Coughlin is responsible for the operational and commercial activities related to the Timken portfolio of engineered bearings. He also holds corporate-wide responsibilities for quality assurance.
In 2010, Coughlin became president of the Process Industries segment and was also responsible for distribution and global supply chain management in the Bearings and Power Transmission Group, as well as for the Timken global purchasing organization.
Coughlin led a multi-year initiative to streamline business processes and implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in 2004. He 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. Coughlin has held a variety of positions at Timken since joining the company in 1984 as a metallurgist.
Coughlin 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. Coughlin serves on the board of directors of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association.