Chair Raiser

After a career at the top, Jerry Dempsey continues to lead

By Steven Tingle
FEBRUARY 26, 2013

After a career at the top, Jerry Dempsey continues to lead


On a shelf in Jerry Dempsey’s home office stands a small statue of Superman, his fist raised skyward. “When I received the Oakbrook, Illinois, man-of-the-year award, my daughters gave me that statue,” says Dempsey. It’s a fitting gift for a man who went from student engineer at Borg-Warner to president and CEO of the company. Dempsey’s career spanned more than four decades with CEO appointments at WMX Technologies (now Waste Management) and PPG Industries, where he retired as board chairman in 1997. Now Dempsey uses his time to give back, helping such organizations as Clemson University, the Greenville Symphony, and most recently the Greenville Hospital System, where he is finishing up a five-year term by chairing the Second Century Capital Campaign. Dempsey admits that even though he’s retired he does not have as much free time as he’d like. “When you get involved in these things, they are time consuming,” he says. “But by the same token, I think they are very important.”


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