Updated: August 23rd, 2021

The influential executive brought a love of international travel and culture to his work with the company, and in doing so, he expanded Molex’s reach to the world.

Molex co CEO Fred KrehbielSomewhere in your home, phone, or vehicle, there’s a Molex product — most likely, many of them. That’s in large part due to the efforts of Fred Krehbiel, whose contributions to his family’s business were instrumental in growing the company into its present status as a global connector powerhouse. The former Molex CEO and co-chairman of the board, and Illinois philanthropist died on June 3, 2021.

Founded in 1938 by Frederick Krehbiel, Molex became one of the world’s largest connector suppliers after grandsons John and Fred Krehbiel joined the company in the 1960s. In the hands of their father, John Sr., the Lisle, Illinois, company focused mainly on plastic connectors and electric plugs for the U.S. market. Under the guidance of John Jr. and Fred, the company grew into to a global supplier of interconnect products, working with major electronics companies in every market sector at a critical period in technological innovation. (Bishop & Associates ranked the company number