Thomas E. Hopkins

Thomas E. Hopkins

Thomas E. Hopkins was Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Sherwin-Williams Company. He held that position from 1997 to his retirement at the end of 2015.

In that role, Tom was primarily responsible for the development, implementation, and transformation of the enterprise-wide Human Resources Strategy to drive superior performance of Sherwin-Williams’ business objectives. Tom’s scope of responsibility included: Global Talent Management, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Engagement and Culture Building, Safety, Diversity, and Community Engagement. Fortune Magazine has named Sherwin-Williams to their “100 Best Companies To Work For.”

Prior to assuming the senior HR Leadership role in 1997, Tom held various HR and Training positions of increasing responsibility within the Paint Stores Group, including VP-Human Resources from 1990-1997. Tom joined The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1981 as an intern in the Training Department for the Paint Stores Group. Early in his career he created and implemented a Management Trainee Program. The innovative program became institutionalized and has long been the talent development engine for the company, resulting in deep leadership bench strength and high levels of employee retention. Later, he supported the development and roll out of SW’s Culture of Excellence, that has become the cornerstone of continuous improvement for Sherwin Williams with a particular emphasis on supply chain and innovation.

Tom is actively involved with several Northeast Ohio based organizations and agencies. He has a strong interest in talent and workforce development supporting the economic growth and vitality of the region. He is the former Chair of the Cleveland Leadership Center, serves on the Board for Vocational Guidance Services as a member of its Executive Committee, and was on the Cleveland Commission on Economic Inclusion. Finally, Tom was the Chair of the Visiting Committee for the College of Science & Health Professions at Cleveland State University, as well as a Trustee for CSU’s Foundation.

Originally from Wooster, Ohio, Tom graduated from Malone College in 1978 (magna cum laude), earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He holds a Masters Degree from Cleveland State University (1982) where he studied Organizational Psychology. In 2012, Tom was recognized with the Archer Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources, and was also named as one of Cleveland State University’s Distinguished Alumni. Tom and his wife Marsha have three adult children and reside in the Chagrin Falls area. His hobbies include golf, biking, fishing, music and reading.