John P. McConnell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Worthington Industries, Inc.
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 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.
Worthington Industries is a diversified metals manufacturing company with sales of $2.5 billion. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the Company is North America’s premier value added steel processor; the world’s leading manufacturer of pressure cylinders including propane tanks for gas grills and camping, oxygen, helium and scuba tanks, hand torches, and industrial and LP gas applications; and the leading manufacturer of metal framing and ceiling grid systems for commercial and residential construction. The Company also produces current and past model automotive stampings, steel pallets and racks and laser welded blanks. Worthington employs approximately 10,000 people and operates 79 facilities in 10 countries.
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