Alex Gregory, President & CEO, YKK Corporation speaks at Terry Third Thursday

“YKK: Zippers and More… Adapting Through Innovation”

Alex Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in 1973 when he joined YKK Industries—now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. (YKK USA)—as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s then-new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of increasing responsibilities—first as manager of the weaving department, then as assistant vice president of manufacturing, and later as vice president and senior vice president of manufacturing.

In the autumn of 1991, he joined YKK Corporation of America in its Atlanta headquarters as senior vice president of corporate planning. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president, corporate development, and in 2001 he was named president and CEO. In 2004, he was named the first non-Japanese Group Officer for YKK Corporation in Japan. From 2008 through 2010, he served on YKK Corporation’s Board of Directors in Japan as YKK’s first non-Japanese Director. In 2011, he was elected Chairman of YCA’s Board of Directors.

Gregory is a graduate of Georgia Tech from which he holds a degree in textile engineering. He also holds graduate degrees from Georgia College & State University. He has mentored students at both universities for more than a decade. He has testified in Washington before the International Trade Commission on two occasions, and in 2005 he addressed the House Ways and Means Committee in support of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). In 2010, Gregory was one of five CEOs featured in a book by Merwyn A. Hayes and Michael D. Comer entitled Start With Humility: Lessons From America’s Quiet CEOs On How To Build Trust And Inspire Followers.

Gregory and wife Glenda have two grown children: a daughter, Kristen, and a son, Alex III. They also have two granddaughters, Emma and Mya, and a grandson, Alex IV.

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