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JOHN P. McCONNELL, Majority Owner/Governor
John P. McConnell

John P. McConnell is chairman and chief executive officer of Worthington Industries and majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets National Hockey League franchise. He serves on the NHL's Board of Governors. A member of Worthington's board of directors since 1990, McConnell became vice chairman in 1992 and was named chief executive officer in March of 1993. In September of 1996, he was named chairman of the board.

McConnell began his career at Worthington in 1975 as a general laborer. He worked as a sales representative for two of Worthington's divisions. McConnell served as corporate personnel director and was instrumental in administering the company's highly recognized employee-based policies. He was appointed vice president and general manager of what was the company's largest steel facility in Columbus, Ohio in 1985.

McConnell serves on the board of directors for OhioHealth and is chairman of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. He has been active in numerous community organizations, having served on the boards of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Children's Hospital, the YMCA and the Columbus Zoological Association.

Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $2.6 billion. The Columbus, Ohio, based company is North America's premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products such as light gauge metal framing for commercial and residential construction, framing systems and stairs for mid-rise buildings; pressure cylinder products such as propane, oxygen and helium tanks, hand torches, camping cylinders, and scuba tanks; current and past model automotive service stampings; metal ceiling grid systems; steel pallets and racks; and laser welded blanks, metal ceiling grid systems, pressure cylinders, automotive past model service stampings and laser welded blanks.

The company employs 6,400 people and operates 61 facilities in 10 countries. Worthington Industries has been named a "100 Best Companies to Work For" four times by Fortune magazine.

Founded in 1955, the company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule, with earning money for its shareholders as the first corporate goal. This philosophy is an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and serves as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee/employer partnerships in American industry.