Business 100 - 2009

A.G. Lafley/Procter & Gamble

As the Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, A.G. Lafley oversees the largest consumer company in the world. Under Lafley’s leadership sales have grown from 40 billion to over 80 billion. Lafley earned a B.A. degree from Hamilton College in 1969 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1977, at which time he joined Procter & Gamble. He is also a director of General Electric Company, and Dell, Inc. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Hamilton College and is a member of the Lauder Institute Board of Governors, the Business Roundtable and the Business Council.

Chief Executive magazine named Lafley “CEO of the Year” for 2006. Lafley, who was Irish America’s Keynote Speaker for its 2005 Business 100 Awards Luncheon in New York City, is a second-generation Irish-American who traces his roots to County Cork. He cites the influence of his Irish grandmother, Catherine “Kitty” Irwin, as of huge importance during his childhood in Keene, New Hampshire. Lafley lives in Cincinnati.