CHARLESTON, S.C.(Mar. 2)--Mr. Dana G. Mead, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Tenneco Inc., will address the Corps of Cadets as a Greater Issues Speaker at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 7, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel's campus. The address is free and the public is invited to attend.
Tenneco is a Houston-based diversified industrial corporation with major business interests in natural gas transportation and marketing, farm and construction equipment, automotive parts, shipbuilding, packaging and chemicals. With annual sales of $13.3 billion in 1993, Tenneco ranks No. 34 among the largest industrial companies in the United States.
Mead, 58, was named chief executive officer in February 1994 and chairman in May 1994. He joined the company in April 1992 as chief operating officer and a member of the board, and was elected president one month later. In September 1992, Mead assumed the additional posts of chairman and chief executive officer of Case Corporation, a Tenneco division with sales of $4 billion that manufactures and markets agricultural and construction equipment. Mead stepped down as Case's chief executive in March 1994.
Mead was formerly executive vice president and director of International Paper, last serving as executive vice president in the pulp and paper sector. He joined International Paper in 1978, was promoted to vice president of human resources the following year, and served as vice president and group executive of the white papers group from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he was senior vice president of the printing and writing papers businesses.
Mead received his bachelor of science degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1957, and a doctoral degree in political science and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967. He served with distinction in regular Army line armor and airborne units from 1957 until 1970, with tours in West Germany and Vietnam. In Vietnam, he received numerous combat and service decorations and achieved the rank of colonel.
Mead served in the White House for four years, first as a White House Fellow from 1970-1971, then as associate and deputy director of the Domestic Council from 1972-1974. Mead was a tenured professor and deputy head of the social sciences department at the U.S. Military Academy from 1974 to 1978, when he retired from the Army.
He serves on the board of directors of National Westminster Bancorp,
Cummins Engine Company, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Alco Standard Corporation,
and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.
He is a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives, the Council on
Foreign Relations, the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, and
is a Trustee-at-Large for the Association of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy,
West Point. Mead is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the Duke University School of the Environment and is a member of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology Corporation Political Science Visiting Committee.