Wittenberg Business Department Welcomes Executive-in-Residence
Published Nov. 4, 2011
Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Business welcomes John Meier, class of 1969, former CEO of Libbey Inc. and emeritus member of the Wittenberg Board of Directors, as its Executive-in-Residence. Meier will present his keynote address, “Perspectives from a recent public company CEO,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, 315 Bill Edwards Drive.
While on campus, Meier will speak to International Business classes and speak to the Strategic Policy & Planning Senior Capstone class. He will also hold informal sessions with students and faculty.
Meier became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Libbey when the company went public in 1993. Previously he worked as general manager of Libbey and a corporate vice president of Owens-Illinois Inc., its former parent company. He joined the company in 1970 and held several marketing positions over the years.
He also served in Belgium as marketing and sales manager of a foreign subsidiary of the company. Other international initiatives include the acquisition and divestiture of Libbey Canada and the company’s joint venture in Mexico, Crisa, which became the largest glass tableware company in all of Latin America. His experience includes serving on the boards of directors of businesses in Belgium, Canada, Japan and Mexico.
In addition, Meier has had extensive interaction in Washington on international trade matters during his career; most notably concerning NAFTA, WTO and GSP proceedings. Additionally, he has had varied experiences with regulatory agencies, including the FDA, and the FTC.
After graduating from Wittenberg with a B.S. in business administration, Meier continued his education at Bowling Green State University, where he received an M.B.A. During the 1980s he served as an adjunct professor in the College of Business at both Bowling Green and the University of Toledo.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts