After beginning his career as a paper boy, 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 Phillip 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, a finalist for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award. In addition to Inc.com, he is a contributor to such publications as Tire Review, writing on leadership issues and topics relevant to young workers.
He lives in Akron, Ohio, the rubber capital of the world.