The Influentials: Alexander M. "Sandy" Cutler

Chairman and CEO, Eaton Corp.

Sandy Cutler did what no one else thought was possible: consolidate three major nonprofits with similar goals into one stronger organization. He is the former chair of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which now includes the former Greater Cleveland Growth Association, Cleveland Tomorrow and its small-business arm COSE. The consolidation has saved about $15 million during the past five years. As the head of the largest Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cleveland, Cutler’s commitment to the city also extends to his business dealings. It’s been reported (though Eaton had not confirmed at press time) that the company may build a new corporate campus on eight and a half acres along the east bank of the Flats — a single decision that could transform the dilapidated entertainment district. The campus would be located along RTA’s Waterfront Line, making that rarely used Rapid stop viable again.
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