Nagarajan joins Nordson following a 23-year career with Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company. He is currently the executive vice president, Automotive OEM Segment, for ITW, a $3.3 billion business segment. Under his leadership, the Automotive OEM segment has a proven track record of delivering profitable revenue growth through both organic and acquisitive means. Nagarajan has been focused on creating value for his customers through innovation and industry leading excellence in quality and delivery. He also has prioritized building strong, diverse and global leadership teams to sustain this above-market business performance.
“After a comprehensive search, we are excited to name Naga as Nordson’s next president and CEO. Naga’s passion for technology-driven innovation, knowledge of global industrial markets, and outstanding record of improving the financial results of the businesses he has run by focusing on customer intimacy, operational excellence, and employee development, make him a perfect fit for Nordson,” says Michael Merriman, chairman of the Board of Directors.
“Throughout my career, I’ve thrived in driving growth and profitability by focusing on the customer while also prioritizing innovation and talent development. I am very honored to join Nordson, which has always put its customers and employees first, and as a result has grown into a market-leading enterprise with an outstanding reputation. I look forward to building on this success with the Nordson team,” says Nagarajan.
Merriman adds, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Mike Hilton for his outstanding leadership of Nordson over the past 10 years. We appreciate his commitment to supporting Naga in this important transition, and the Board and I look forward to his counsel as senior advisor to the Company.”