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Catherine Kilbane Named to Davey Tree Board of Directors

Posted: June 1, 2018 

Kent, Ohio – Catherine M. Kilbane has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Davey Tree Expert Company.

Kilbane is the retired Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Sherwin-Williams Company. Kilbane started her career with the Cleveland law firm Baker & Hostetler where she was a partner in the General Business Group until 2003. She joined American Greeting Corporation in 2003 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and reported to the CEO as part of an eight-person leadership team. Kilbane joined Sherwin-Williams in 2013 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary reporting to the CEO and working directly with the board of directors until her retirement in 2017.

Kilbane currently serves on the board of directors of The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANDE), a diversified agribusiness company, where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and is the lead independent director. 

“Cathy has many qualities that we value at Davey Tree, but foremost among them is her strength as a business leader,” said Pat Covey, president and CEO. “Specifically, she’s spent significant time creating and implementing business strategies, often with some of the best leaders here in Northeast Ohio. I’m sure she’ll be a terrific addition to our board.” 

Kilbane graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor’s degree in English and from Case Western Reserve School of Law with a juris doctor degree.  She is a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. She is a former trustee and former member of the board of directors of the University Hospitals Health Systems, and a former member of the board of trustees for the United Way of Greater Cleveland.   

With more than 9,000 employees throughout North America, The Davey Tree Expert Company provides solutions for residential, utility, commercial and government clients. Rooted in research, the company’s vision is to achieve balance among people, progress and the environment. Tree experts since 1880, Davey provides diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental services. Davey is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S. and is headquartered in Kent, Ohio.

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