MeadWestvaco Chairman & CEO John Luke speaks to
students about "The Election's Impact on American Business"
Luke answers students' questions after
Luke chats with students during a reception
in his honor
R-MC President Robert Lindgren and John Luke
Randolph-Macon College welcomed MeadWestvaco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John Luke to campus on Thursday, November 13, 2008. It was standing room only in
the Trustee Room of Estes Dining Hall as Luke spoke to students about “The Election’s
Impact on American Business.”
“The world is changing very fast and it is not going to wait for us to participate.
We have to be engaged,” Luke told students. He added, “we are confronting very serious
and worsening economic challenges. We don’t thoroughly understand what’s ahead.
President-Elect Obama has a unique opportunity to address these issues with leadership
and the courage to change.”
The topic was timely and Luke spent time afterwards answering students’ questions.
R-MC President Robert Lindgren presented Luke with a certificate in recognition
of his many and varied contributions to the community and with appreciation for
being the inaugural speaker of R-MC’S Executive Speakers Series. A reception followed
where students had the unique opportunity to further engage in conversation with
Luke on a variety of issues.
Mr. Luke began his career with what is now MeadWestvaco in 1979. He has served as
treasurer, vice-president, president and chief executive officer for the company.
He was elected chairman in November 2002. Mr. Luke earned his bachelor’s degree
from Lawrence University and his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
MeadWestvaco is a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions for the cosmetics
and personal care, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, home and garden
and media industries. The company has sales, manufacturing and converting facilities
on six continents and customers in over 100 countries around the world. MeadWestvaco
just relocated its global headquarters to Richmond, VA and is currently building
a new facility next to the Federal Reserve Bank.