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Darius Adamczyk
Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
Born in:
Poland

Born in communist Poland in 1966, Darius Adamczyk moved to the United States when he was 11 years old speaking no English. Through grit and determination, he not only mastered a new language, but thrived academically, earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA from Harvard. Adamczyk began his career as an electrical engineer at General Electric, and rose to become chief executive officer at Metrologic, a manufacturer of laser and mobile imaging and remote scanning. In 2008 that company was acquired by Honeywell, a Fortune 500 company. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Honeywell technologies help everything from aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected. Adamczyk held several leadership posts at Honeywell before being named its president and CEO in 2017. Elected chairman the following year, he oversees more than 110,000 Honeywell employees worldwide. In June 2017 Adamczyk was among the technology industry leaders invited to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss how the U.S. government can facilitate the advancement of emerging technologies. In 2018 he received the Foreign Policy Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award recognizing Honeywell for its contributions to water safety in India and Mexico; its support for STEM education through teacher training in the United States; and its relief and recovery efforts for Honeywell employees and municipalities damaged by natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. In accepting that award, Adamczyk said, “Good business, economic growth, and social responsibility go hand in hand. Each is a measure of success for today’s corporation.”