How We Operate

Marmon Holdings, Inc. is one of the world’s most decentralized large industrial

For nearly half a century, cofounders Jay and Robert Pritzker grew Marmon as a collection
of independent businesses under entrepreneurial managers. In place of a traditional,
centralized corporate headquarters, they established a small professional office to support
business unit management in areas including business strategy, financial services, legal
matters, human resources, communications, and more.

Robert Pritzker’s successors as Marmon CEO, first John Nichols and then Frank Ptak, built
on this long-established decentralized system by grouping Marmon businesses into stand-
alone sectors. Each Marmon business operates independently within a sector structure
that provides access to the experience and expertise of other Marmon companies in
related businesses and markets.

The high degree of autonomy afforded to Marmon businesses is also consistent with the
operations of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which acquired Marmon Holdings in 2008.

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