J. Gary Raley
President and Chief Operating Officer
Johnson Polymer, LLC
Topic: "Leading Through Turbulent Times"
Date: March 2, 2004
Gary Raley is President & COO for Johnson Polymer. He began this assignment in May 2002. Unlike other Johnson companies, Johnson Polymer is a specialty chemical manufacturer of resins and emulsions used primarily in water based printing (ink, OPV's and dispersants) and coating products. Additionally, Polyols, powder coatings, specialty polymers for floor care and hair care and plastic additive products are marked globally.
Gary was President of North America for Johnson Wax Professionals from June 2000 Until May 2002. His responsibilities included the U.S. Professional business, Butchers, Drachett, US Chemical, Whitmire Micro-Gen, Prism, and CMA Dishmachines. Collectively, these companies represented one-half of JWP sales, over 1350 employees, and four manufacturing facilities.
Prior to the President position, Gary was Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, where he led the development of a Global Sales team to focus on the key global retailers and building service contractors. He also formed a Global Marketing team responsible for the development and launch of major programs impacting strategic end-users.
Prior to joining Johnson Wax Professional, Gary served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Fruit of the Loom in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There, he was responsible for US retail products sales, Canada, Mexico, and Japan, as well as the development of a market entry strategy for Latin America. Gary also successfully led the sales organization to become the preferred partner with the discount class of trade through customer teams, category management, and vendor managed inventory. Prior to holding the chief sales role at Fruit of the Loom, Gary was Vice President of Business Development.
Gary holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business PMD (Program for Management Development), and has attended numerous other training and development courses. Mr. Raley represents JohnsonDiversey, Inc. as a Director for the Johnson Wax Fund. He is married to Deane Ann, and has one son, Seth (24). His interests include golf, racquet sports and reading.