Chairman of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation since July 1, 2003. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tenneco, Inc. from 1994 until his retirement in 1999. Chairman of two of the successor companies of the Tenneco conglomerate, Tenneco Automotive Inc. and Pactiv Corporation, global manufacturing companies with operations in automotive parts and packaging, from November 1999 to March 2000. Chairman of the Board of the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership and a Lifetime Trustee of the Association of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Former Chairman of the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers. Our Director since January 1998. Chair of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Science and Technology Committee. 24 | Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Statement March 14, 2008.
Dana George Mead was born in Cresco, Iowa. His long and diverse career in leadership roles included phases in the military, government, private sector, and academia. Mead graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1957 with a BS in engineering, and then served as an Army officer in many roles for over two decades, including assignments as a troop leader in Germany, and a combatant and strategist in Vietnam.
In 1967, Mead completed his PhD studies in MIT’s Department of Political Science, having been selected for a fellowship as an officer. His dissertation, “United States peacetime strategic planning, 1920-1941: the color plans to the victory program,” examined the ways the U.S. military planned for the “next war” in the years following World War I, until the start of World War II.
After completing his academic work, Mead transitioned to government positions, including a fellowship in the White House Fellows program. He wrote military reports, and later served as the White House’s deputy director of the Domestic Council during the Nixon administration. He left Washington in 1974 to take a professorship back at the United States Military Academy.
For most of the 1990s, he was chair and CEO of Tenneco Inc., the conglomerate with businesses in oil and gas transmission, shipbuilding, auto parts, packaging, chemicals, and more. Mead oversaw the expansion of Tenneco’s operations across the globe and a concurrent rise in productivity and profitability at the company.
Mead served terms as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers from 1995 to 1997, and of the Business Roundtable from 1998 to 1999. He also served on the boards of Pfizer, Zurich, Textron, and Cummins.
Mead is survived by his wife, Nancy, as well as his two sons, Dana Jr. and Mark; his daughters-in-law D-Arcy and Susie; his brother, Michael, and sister-in-law, Anna; and seven grandsons.more » « less