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ITW CEO Speer dead at 61, drove firm's overseas growth


GLENVIEW, ILL. (Nov. 19, 1:10 p.m. ET) — David Speer, who pushed Illinois Tool Works Inc. deeper into international markets as CEO while wrestling with a fierce recession that upended the industrial conglomerate's business model, has died after a long illness, the company announced Sunday. He was 61.

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