John P. McConnell is chairman and chief executive officer of Worthington Industries. McConnell began his career at Worthington in 1975 as a general laborer in the Louisville, Kentucky steel plant. He also worked as a sales representative for two of Worthington's divisions. McConnell served as corporate personnel director and has been instrumental in administering the company's highly recognized employee-based policies. He was appointed vice president and general manager of the company's largest steel facility in Columbus, Ohio in 1985. A member of Worthington's board of directors since 1990, McConnell became vice chairman in 1992 and was named chief executive officer in March of 1993. In September of 1996 he was named chairman of the board. McConnell is active in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for OhioHealth. He has served on the boards of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Children's Hospital, the YMCA and the Columbus Zoological Association. He is majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets National Hockey League franchise and chairman emeritus of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. The foundation uses the unique resources of its professional athletes, coaches and staff to improve the quality of life throughout central Ohio.