Michael J. Gasser, Chair (2021)

Michael J. Gasser, Chair (2021)

Michael J. Gasser is executive chairman of the board of Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B). He joined Greif as an internal auditor at the company’s headquarters in Delaware, Ohio, in August 1979. Prior to that, he was the manager of audit with the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. 

Mr. Gasser progressed steadily in his career with Greif, becoming controller in 1981, a member of the Finance Committee in 1987, vice president of finance in 1988, a member of the Board of Directors in 1991, vice chairman and chief operating officer in 1994, and chairman and CEO later that same year. Under his leadership, the company expanded its industrial shipping containers business to be the U.S. market leader; entered the world market through the acquisition of Van Leer Industrial in 2001, doubling the company’s size; became a major U.S. regional supplier in the corrugated products business; and significantly increased revenues from its land-management business. The company also became a world leader in the flexible packaging business and branched into reconditioning steel, plastic and fibre drums and intermediate bulk containers.

Mr. Gasser previously served on the boards of directors for Bob Evans Farms and The James Cancer Hospital Foundation, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Battelle. In 1973, he graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts and obtained his certified public accountant certificate in 1976. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Ohio Northern University, and served on the university’s Investment and Financial Affairs committees.

Residents of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Gasser and his wife, Jan, have three adult children.

Appointed by:  Gov. John R. Kasich
Term:  09/26/2012 – 05/13/2021