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Robert S. “Shell” Evans
Robert S. “Shell” Evans ’68
Chairman of the Board, Crane Co., Connecticut
Robert S. “Shell” Evans is chairman of the board of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of engineered industrial products based in Stamford, CT. His history with the company spans over 37 years, including more than 17 years as CEO and over 30 years on the company’s board of directors. In addition to his role at Crane Co., Mr. Evans currently serves on the board of directors of HBD Industries and is chairman of Huttig Building Products.
Mr. Evans began his career as a broker and analyst at the New York Stock Exchange in the late 1960s. Prior to joining Crane Co. he worked as a vice president at Evans & Co., a New York–based brokerage firm. Among other positions, he has been a director, chairman, and CEO of Medusa Corporation, as well as a director of Southdown, Inc.
After earning his BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, Mr. Evans received an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1968. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he served on the Dean’s Advisory Council, and then was a member of the School’s Board of Overseers from 1993 until 2001. Mr. Evans rejoined the Board of Overseers in the fall of 2012.
In addition, he is currently a trustee (formerly president of the board of trustees) of the Eaglebrook School and is a trustee of the New York Racing Association. He is a former member of the board of overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
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