President and Chief Executive Officer
Gretchen W. McClain was named Chief Executive Officer of Xylem Inc., when the company was formed from the spinoff of the water businesses of ITT Corporation in 2011. She joined ITT in September 2005 as the President of the company’s Residential & Commercial Water business. She was named President of ITT Fluid Technology in March 2007 and promoted to Senior Vice President and President of ITT Fluid and Motion Control in December 2008.
Prior to joining ITT, McClain served in a number of senior executive positions at Honeywell Aerospace, including Vice President and General Manager of the Business, General Aviation & Helicopters (BGH) Electronics division, and Vice President for Engineering and Technology as well as for Program Management in Honeywell Aerospace’s Engines, Systems & Services division. She joined AlliedSignal in 1999, which later merged with Honeywell.
Earlier in her career, McClain spent nine years at NASA serving as Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Development--where she played a pivotal role in the successful development and launch of the International Space Station Program as Chief Director of the Space Station, and Deputy Director for Space Flight.
McClain graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.