Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business recently announced Scottsdale resident D. Christian “Chris” Koch — chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Cos. Inc. — won its Executive of the Year Award for 2020.
The award honors exceptional global business leaders who have created and sustained superior organizational performance and whose presence exemplifies a model for future business leaders, according to a press release.
Mr. Koch is the 37th executive of the year the Dean’s Council has chosen. This national group of executives advises the W. P. Carey School of Business. He joins executives from companies such as American Airlines, U-Haul International and the Coca-Cola Co.
Mr. Koch has achieved positive results, a release claims, in his nearly five years as CEO of Carlisle, a Phoenix-based diversified manufacturer of engineered products comprised of 15,000 global employees in more than 180 locations.
He has presided over a period of revenue growth of more than 30% and launched a sustainability strategy that includes diversity and inclusion commitments to ensure pay equity and a minimum starting wage of $15 per hour at Carlisle’s U.S.-based manufacturing locations.
In recognition of his leadership, the W. P. Carey School honored him Friday, Aug. 21, and he will speak at a luncheon in his honor on Thursday, Oct. 22, which was rescheduled from April 2020.
“I’m thrilled to honor Chris Koch as this year’s Executive of the Year,” W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Amy Hillman said in a prepared statement.
“He’s been tested in difficult times and continually proven the ability to successfully take on larger leadership responsibilities. We’re proud of what he’s been able to accomplish for our region and our state.”
Mr. Koch became CEO of Carlisle Cos. in 2016 and chairman of the board in 2020. Before that, he served as vice president for the company's Asia-Pacific region.
He then became group president for three Carlisle segments: Carlisle Brake & Friction, and, before being divested, Carlisle Foodservice Products and Carlisle Transportation Products.
Before joining Carlisle, Mr. Koch was vice president and general manager of Asia Operations at Graco Inc. He serves as a director on the boards of Toro, Headstrong, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
He is also on the board of overseers for the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a trustee of Macalester College.
Mr. Koch said he is honored receive the recognition and expressed his pride in being an Arizona resident and a member of the local business community. He said Carlisle moved to Arizona in 2016 to be closer to its manufacturing footprint and to take advantage of the state's pro-business environment.
“We fully support the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s and Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s vision of transforming the Phoenix economy into an industrial and high-tech hub that will position Phoenix as a business leader nationally in the coming years, fully supported by ASU’s world class engineering and technical infrastructure,” he said in a prepared statement.
“And while it seems trivial to speak of a personal award while Arizona, the United States and countries around the globe continue to face the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m proud of our employees who have rallied around each other, our customers and our communities, helping keep infection rates low and ensuring that we continue to provide products and services to many of the world’s essential businesses.”
Mr. Koch and his wife Amy have two sons named Christian and Nicolas. He is a golfer, skier and hockey player.