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CEO of Greif, Inc., Michael J Gasser, Speaks at Heisler Business Lecture Series


March 23, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Michael J. Gasser, chairman and chief executive officer of Greif, Inc. will speak at Ohio Wesleyan University as part of the 2005 Heisler Business Lecture Series, sponsored by OWU's Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. His talk, "Looking in the Mirror: Reflections on Business Ethics in the 21st Century" will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 5 in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
 
"Part of what liberal arts educated students should leave Ohio Wesleyan with is a sense of ethical behavior as well as other management tools, and this lecture is part of what will give them a framework," said John Boos, Professor of Management and Director of the Woltemade Center.
 
Gasser has been chairman and CEO at Greif since 1994. He joined Greif in 1979 as internal auditor with the company's headquarters in Delaware, Ohio. He has held many positions during his steady climb at Greif including controller, member of the finance committee, vice president of finance, and member and vice chairman of the board of directors. Under Gasser's leadership as CEO, Greif has become the U.S. market leader and now world leader in the industrial shipping containers business. The company also became a major U.S. regional supplier in the corrugated business and significantly increased revenues from its timber business.
 
Gasser graduated in 1973 from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor of arts degree. He earned his certified public accountant certificate in 1976. Gasser also serves on the board of directors for Bob Evans Farms.
 
Founded in 1877, Greif has 9,500 employees in approximately 185 operations in over 40 countries with headquarters in Delaware, Ohio.
 
Funded by the Heisler Family Endowment for the Study of Ethics, in honor of James Heisler '38, Robert Heisler '42 and Bruce Heisler '49, the lecture series is an outgrowth of an interdisciplinary faculty workshop on the subject of Global Development: Social and Ethical Issues.
 
For details about the lecture, contact John Boos at (740)-368-3546 or visit the Woltemade Center Web site.