July 24, 2014 – Executive search firm The Prout Group has placed Matthew Thornton as a new member of the board of directors at the Sherwin-Williams Company. Mr. Thornton is senior vice president, U.S. operations, for FedEx Express. Pat Prout and Betsy Bruening assisted the nominating committee with the search. Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The Prout Group is based in Cleveland and has special expertise in financial services, industrial and manufacturing, and professional services.