After beginning his career as a paperboy, Phillip Kane went on to spend more than 25 years in some of the best-known automotive, industrial, consumer durables, distribution and banking businesses in the world. Currently, Phillip is CEO and Managing Partner of Grace Ocean, LLC a boutique advisory firm located in northeast Ohio serving clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-market private-equity-backed firms. Phillip also acts as a Senior Advisor to Stout Risius Ross and Rothschild & Co, where he brings operational expertise to their investment banking businesses. Previously he was the Chief Commercial Officer in Key Markets at Pirelli in Milan, Italy working in their commercial truck tire business. Prior to Pirelli, Phillip spent 11 years working for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Before that, Phillip held executive roles with Genuine Parts Company (NAPA) and Snap-On, Inc.
He is the author of the book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership from John Hunt Publishing, London. He is a contributor to Inc. Magazine and Tire Review writing on leadership issues and topics relevant to the trade and currently lives in Akron, Ohio, the rubber capital of the world.