John Smale's' biography file

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Here is Procter and Gamble's biographical information on former P&G Chairman and CEO John Smale.  He died early Saturday at 84.



Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The Procter & Gamble Company


            A native of Listowel, Ontario, Canada, John G.  Smale graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1949.  He joined Procter & Gamble's Toilet Goods organization in 1952.  He became General Manager of the Toilet Goods Division in 1966, and was elected Vice President of that Division in 1967.  Mr. Smale was elected Vice President-Bar Soap and Household Cleaning Products Division in 1968 and Vice President-Packaged Soap and Detergent Division in 1969.  In 1970, he was elected Vice President-Group Executive and two years later he was elected to the Procter & Gamble Board of Directors.  He became an Executive Vice President in 1973.

            Mr. Smale became President of Procter & Gamble, with responsibility for all of the Company's United States operations, in May 1974, and was named Chief Executive in January 1981.  In April 1986, he was named Chairman of the Board, while continuing as Chief Executive of the Company.  He stepped down from these positions in January 1990.  He retired as an employee of the Company on December 31, 1990 and retired from the Board of Directors on June 30, 1995.

            Mr. Smale was Chairman of the Board of the General Motors Corporation from November 1992 until January 1996, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of the General Motors Corporation until June 2000.  He is  an Emeritus Trustee of Kenyon College.  Additionally, Mr. Smale was inducted into the Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame in September 1993, inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame in April 1996, and inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in March 2002.  He received the Great Living Cincinnatian Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce in February 1997.  He also received the Order Francisco de Miranda in its First Class (the highest recognition Venezuela bestows unto a civilian) from President Caldera in March 1998 in Caracas, Venezuela.

            In May 1974, Mr. Smale received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; in May 1979, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; in May 1983, he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana; in February 1985, he received an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina; and in May 1986, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

            Additionally, he is a member of the following organizations:  the Queen City Club, the Commercial Club, the Cincinnati Country Club, and the Marathon Yacht Club.

            Mr. Smale was born August 1, 1927.  He married Phyllis Weaver in 1950.  She preceded him in death in 2006. Before Mr. Smale's passing on November 19, 2011, he was a resident of Marathon, Florida. John and Phyllis are survived by their four children:  John Gray, Jr., Catherine Anne, Lisa Beth, and Peter McKee.





Date of BirthAugust 1, 1927                                               PlaceListowel, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: November 19, 2011                                       Place of Residence: Marathon, Fl

Name of ParentsPeter J. and Vera G. Smale (both deceased)

EducationMiami University

Honorary DegreesDoctor of Laws:         Kenyon College, 1974

                                Doctor of Laws:         Miami University, 1979

                               Doctor of Science:      DePauw University, 1983

                              Doctor of Civil Laws:  St. Augustine's College, 1985

                             Doctor of Laws:           Xavier University, 1986

Married:  Phyllis Weaver                                                        DateSeptember 2, 1950

Children:  John Gray, Jr.,; Catherine Anne; Lisa Beth; Peter McKee

Business Affiliations Prior to Joining Procter & Gamble:

            Vick Chemical Company -- New York

            Bio-Research, Inc. -- New York

Dated Joined Procter & Gamble:  October 1952

Positions Held and Dates:

            1952 -- Assistant Brand Manager

            1954 -- Brand Manager

            1958 -- Associate Advertising Manager

            1963 -- Manager, Advertising Department, Toilet Goods Division

            1966 -- Manager, Toilet Goods Division

            1967 -- Vice President-Toilet Goods Division

            1968 -- Vice President-Bar Soap and Household Cleaning Products Division

            1969 -- Vice President-Packaged Soap and Detergent Division

            1970 -- Vice President-Group Executive

            1972 -- Member, Board of Directors

            1973 -- Executive Vice President

            1974 -- President

            1981 -- President and Chief Executive

            1986 -- Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive

            1990 -- Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

            1995 -- Retired from Board of Directors




Local Recognition:

            Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame - 1993

Greatest Living Cincinnatians Award – 1997


Local and National Activities:

            Emeritus Trustee, Kenyon College


            Queen City Club

            Commercial Club

            Cincinnati Country Club

            Marathon Yacht Club – Marathon, Florida

            Sombrero Country Club – Marathon, Florida

Past Affiliations:

            Member and Chairman (1992-1996), Board of Directors, General Motors Corporation

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board, General Motors Corporation

            Member, Board of Directors, Hughes Electronics Corporation

            Member, Board of Governors, The Nature Conservancy

            Member, Board of Directors, J. P. Morgan & Company, Inc.

            Member, Board of Directors, Rand-McNally

            Member, Board of Directors, Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust

            Chairman, Cincinnati Infrastructure Commission

            Trustee, Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts

            Director, Eastman Kodak Company

            Vice Chairman, The Business Council

            Member, Business Roundtable

            Member, Governing Board, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

            Chairman, Berol Corporation           

            Member, Board of Directors, Grocery Manufacturers of America

            Member, Board of Directors, Atlantic Salmon Federation

            Member, CEO Council of the International Life Sciences Institute, Nutrition Foundation

            Member and Chairman, Board of Directors, United Negro College Fund, Inc.

            Member, Cincinnati Business Committee

            Member and President (1980-81), Commonwealth Club

            Member and President (1990-91), Commercial Club

            Member, Conference Board

            Member, Health & Human Services Advisory Committee on the FDA

            Co-Chairman, Mexico-U.S. Business Committee

            Member, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company International Council

            Board of Governors, United Way

            Director, National Park Foundation

            Member, National Advisory Board, Goodwill Industries of America, Inc.

            Member, Business & Professional Friends Committee of the National Center for State


            Member, Listed Company Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange

            Director, Council for Financial Aid to Education

            Member, Business Committee for the Arts

            Member, President's Cabinet, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

            Trustee, Cincinnati Museum Association

            Member, Executive Committee, Cincinnati Area Chapter, The American National Red




Member, Board of Directors, Cincinnati Area Chapter, The American National Red


            Member, Business-Higher Education Forum of American Council on Education

            Dean's Associate, Miami University of Business Administration

            Member, Airport Advisory Board, Greater Cincinnati Airport

            Member, Board of Trustees, Cincinnati Nature Center

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