Episode: Terry Third Thursday: Alex Gregory
President & CEO, YKK Corporation
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.
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