Speaker: John Pepper
Mr. Pepper spent a 40 year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002. He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995.
John E. Pepper, Jr. currently serves as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007. Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005.
Pepper also serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Pepper has devoted important effort over the past 25 years to Early Childhood and Youth Development. He was a founding supporter of Every Child Succeeds (which provides home visitation to at-risk 0-3 year olds), and was a co-founder and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, one of the nation’s most successful mentoring and tutoring organizations.
Pepper graduated from Yale in 1960, where he served on the Board of the Yale Daily News. He served as Fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 – 2003, including two years as Senior Fellow.
A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University.
Mr. Pepper and his wife Francie have four children and reside in Wyoming, Ohio.
“Try to promote a strong person a bit before he/she feels they are ready and then stay close to them.” – Howard Morgens, former CEO of Procter & Gamble
“Preserve the core; be prepared to change everything else.” (JEP)