David Cote

Chairman and CEO

Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. He was elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell's Board in February 2002, and named chairman of the Board on July 1, 2002.

Cote's decade of leadership has seen Honeywell deliver strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment profit, and cash flow. Honeywell has great positions in good industries. Honeywell’s growth is driven by technologies that address some of the world’s toughest challenges such as safety, security, clean energy generation, and energy efficiency. More than 50 percent of the company’s sales are outside the U.S. The company’s more than 130,000 employees, including 20,000 scientists and engineers, are focused on developing innovative products and solutions that help Honeywell’s customers – and their customers – improve performance and productivity.

Cote is a member of the steering committee of the Campaign to Fix Debt, a bi-partisan effort to build support for a comprehensive U.S. debt reduction plan. In 2011, Cote was named Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable (BRT) and Chairs the BRT’s Energy and Environment Committee. In 2010, Cote was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Cote was named co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009, and has served on the Forum since July 2005.
Cote received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in 2007, the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in 2011, the Asia Society's Global Leadership Award in 2012, and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development in 2012.

He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. In 2009, Cote was made an honorary professor at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China, and in 2011, Cote received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater.

Dave Cote has been named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine. Read more