Warren L. Batts brings years of practical knowledge to classes he teaches drawing on his experience as former chairman of the board and current director of Methode Electronics Corporation. Batts is a former CEO of Tupperware Corporation, Premark International, Mead Corporation, and Triangle Corporation. He is the current chairman of Cook County Health Foundation, and past chairman of Cook County Health and Hospital System. Batts has also served on the boards of Allstate, Cooper Industries, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Sprint, First National Bank of Atlanta, British Columbia Forest Products, Harte Hanks Communications, and Temple Inland. "My courses are based more on practical experience than academic research," he said.
Batts was recognized for his experience as a business leader by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He received the NACD's 2006 Director of the Year Award given to a director who possesses an excellent leadership reputation, especially in governance and ethics. He serves as a role model in promoting high professional standards for board and director performance and mentors current and aspiring directors.
He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1963.
Chairman Of the Board, Cook County Health & Hospital System; Life Director and past Chairman, Children's Memorial Medical Center; life trustee, Art Institute of Chicago; past Chairman, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; life trustee, Northwestern University; director and past Chairman, the National Association of Manufacturers; and past director of the National Association of Corporate Directors; past member of the President's Circle, an advisory group of the National Academies of Science, past chairman, Georgia Tech Advisory Board, past member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.