Jerre L. Stead
Jerre L. Stead
A graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Business Administration and a graduate of the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in Switzerland, Jerre L. Stead has led many large corporations to success throughout his prolific career.
Stead began his career in 1965 at Honeywell, Inc., where he would spend twenty-one years and hold a number of executive management positions throughout the United States and Europe, including serving as chairman and CEO of Honeywell-Phillips Medical Electronics in Belgium from September 1980 to June 1982. Upon returning to the United States in July 1982, he began working as a group executive of the Homes and Buildings organizations.
In 1987, Stead was named president and COO of the Square D Company, a leading manufacturer of electrical distribution and factory automation products. He was quickly promoted to chairman, president, and CEO in 1989 and served in that capacity through 1991.
In 1992, Stead was named chief executive officer of AT&T Global Business Communications Systems. He was promoted to executive vice president of AT&T and chairman and CEO of AT&T Global Information Solutions (NCR Corporation) in 1993 and was a member of the AT&T Management Executive Committee. During this time, Stead was also the chairman of NCR Japan, a publicly traded company.
In January of 1995, Stead left AT&T to become chairman and CEO of Legent Corporation. He resigned just eight months later after a successful merger with Computer Associates.
Stead joined Ingram Micro in 1996 as chairman and CEO with a proven track record and is characterized as having great vision and global expertise. Stead took Ingram Micro public on November 1, 1996, which, at that time, was the largest IPO in history for a technology company. Under his leadership, Ingram Micro grew from an $8 billion company to a $30 billion company doing business in more than 120 countries.
Stead became executive chairman of IHS, Inc. in December 2000 and led the company to a very successful IPO in November 2005. He currently serves as chairman and CEO.
He has been on thirty-four corporate boards during his career and in 2009 was chosen as an outstanding director, one of fifty-five in the last ten years by the Financial Times. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the following companies: Brightpoint, Conexant, and Mindspeed. Stead also serves on the Salk Institute board of directors and is chairman of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute, as well as chairman of the board of Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is a past chairman of the National Electronic Manufacturers Association and the Center of Ethics and Values at the Garrett Seminary.
Stead is also a published author whose most recent achievement is Leadership Unbound: A Primer for Leaders and Entrepreneurs, which he co-authored with longtime friend, Dr. Lawrence W. Corbett.
Web site: http://www.LeadershipUnbound.com
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