John B. Blystone was named Executive Chairman of the Board in September 2023 as part of the planned succession following the retirement of John P. McConnell. Mr. Blystone has served on the Board since 1997 and was named Lead Director in 2007. He is the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of SPX Corporation, a global provider of technical products and systems, industrial products and services, flow technology and service solutions. Mr. Blystone joined SPX Corporation in December of 1995.
Following graduation from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in mathematics and economics, Mr. Blystone joined General Electric (GE). In 1988, he joined the J.I. Case division of Tenneco, Inc. as senior vice president of the components division. Mr. Blystone returned to GE in 1991 as vice president and general manager of GE Superabrasives, a producer and marketer of industrial abrasive products. In 1994, he was named president and CEO of Nuovo Pignone, headquartered in Florence, Italy, when GE acquired the business. In early 1995, he was named to the additional assignment of president and CEO of the Europe Plus Pole of GE Power Systems, Durham, North Carolina.