White was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Owens-Illinois before his retirement last June. He had been with the company for 38 years, becoming CFO in 2005 after completing the successful integration of O-I’s European operations. As senior VP of finance and administration, he oversaw corporate accounting and reporting, budgeting and operations analysis as well as tax, risk management, internal audit and shared services.
The Executive-in Residence program provides students with realistic career advice and a linkage to the corporate world. Executives bring real-life, practical perspectives that are melded with theoretical knowledge presented in business classes. They are successful professionals with experience in running for-profit and non-profit organizations. During their time on campus, they serve as guest lecturer, interacting with students and faculty in various settings. An added benefit, they frequently provide networking opportunities.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, White will lead an nine-member panel discussion on career preparation for Heidelberg business students. Joining him on the panel will be the following executives:
- Stacy Cox, senior vice president of Croghan Colonial Bank, Heidelberg alumna and chair of the Berg Business Board
- Eric Willman, branch administration officer, Old Fort Banking Co.
- Dr. James Hill, a practitioner and scholar with 30 years of experience in establishing, managing and growing information technology businesses.
- Anne Martin, vice president of human resources, National Machinery Co.
- Brett Johnson, commercial credit analyst assistant at Croghan Colonial Bank.
- Barry Luse, senior vice president and trust officer at Croghan Colonial Bank.
- Jon Laux, certified public accountant
- Charles Nagy, treasurer, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
During the second day of White’s Executive-in-Residence visit, he will participate in a series of classes, lecturing in corporate finance, business administration and strategic management classes. In the afternoon, he will interact with prospective students and parents as part of the Heidelberg School of Business’s Admissions Preview Day.
White joined O-I in 1973 after service in the U.S. Army. In his 38 years with the company, he held numerous financial, manufacturing and marketing management positions in many locations, including St. Louis, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago and Boston. He also has extensive international experience, from identifying partner in China for the company’s plastic bottle technology to serving in various senior management positions in Finland, Poland and Switzerland.