Laurie Thomson - YWCA Lake County

Laurie Thomson

Laurie Thomson is currently Vice President, Internal Audit at Grainger where she is responsible for assisting management in enhancing and maximizing the company’s ability to maintain a system of risk management, internal control and governance. This includes a focus on strategic, financial, operation and compliance enterprise risks.

She joined Grainger in 2008 as Director, Internal Audit and has since held positions of increasing responsibility such as Senior Director of Finance, first supporting Information Technology, and then supporting the Large Customer Organization (Sales) before she moved to her current role in October 2016.
Prior to joining Grainger, Laurie was Director, Internal Audit at CVS Caremark, Inc. and an Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP, focusing on the healthcare and not-for-profit industries.

She has an extensive background in community engagement, including serving as treasurer of the non-profit board of Resources for Community Living. Laurie also volunteered as an instructor for Junior Achievement, served as a Girl Scout leader and treasurer of her neighborhood association.
Laurie earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois and holds a certificate in Corporate Governance from Tulane University’s School of Law. She also is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2017 sales of $10.4 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit

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