Patrick J. (Pat) Sly manages the Emerson Charitable Trust and the company’s community-relations activities, a position he was appointed to in 2012. In addition, he oversees Emerson’s St. Louis campus facilities, the company’s worldwide travel and vehicle programs, and corporate sales activities.
Sly began his career at Emerson in 1980 as national sales manager for power tools and subsequently held several positions of increasing responsibility within the Emerson Tool business, including executive vice president for sales and marketing, and president. He became president of Ridge Tool in 1993 and assumed additional duties as Emerson group vice president in 1998, and was promoted to senior vice president in 1999. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president and served as business leader for Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions until stepping out of this role in January 2014.
Sly currently serves as the vice chair of the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees and the national board of directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope. He is a board member of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation and is former chair and current board member of the Nine Network of Public Media (PBS). He is also a member of the boards of directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Sly received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Benedictine College (Kansas) and an MBA from Saint Louis University.