Paul G. Hoffman

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Paul G. Hoffman
Born Paul Gray Hoffman
April 26, 1891
Western Springs, Illinois
Died Oct. 8, 1974
Occupation Automobile company executive, Director, Economic Co-operation Administration, administering the Marshall Plan
Employer Studebaker Corporation
Economic Cooperation Administration
Board member of
Studebaker Corporation
Ford Foundation

Paul Gray Hoffman (26 April 1891 – 8 October 1974, New York City) was an American automobile company executive, statesman and global development aid administrator.

Hoffman was born in Western Springs, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He quit college at 18 to sell Studebaker cars in Los Angeles, had made his first million dollars by the age of 34 and became president of Studebaker ten years later. Hoffman and Harold Sines Vance were the two executives most responsible for rescuing Studebaker from insolvency in the 1930s.[1]:p.98–104

Hoffman being sworn in as administrator of the Economic Recovery Corporation (1948)

From 1935 to 1948, Hoffman served as president of Studebaker. He took a leave of absence to spend a two-year term (1948–50) as director of the Economic Cooperation Administration, administering the Marshall Plan aid program to Europe following World War II. From 1950 to 1953, he also served as the president of the Ford Foundation.

Returning to Studebaker in 1953, Hoffman was chairman of the corporation during the turbulent period leading up to and during the 1954 merger with the Packard Motor Car Company. When Studebaker-Packard found itself nearing insolvency in 1956, the company entered into an Eisenhower Administration-brokered management agreement with Curtiss-Wright. Hoffman, Vance (who had become chairman of the executive committee after the Packard merger) and S-P president James J. Nance all left the company.

From 1966 to 1972 he was the first administrator of the United Nations Development Programme when it was founded, with David Owen as his co-administrator.[2]

On June 21, 1974, Mr. Hoffman was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Longstreet, Stephen. A Century on Wheels: The Story of Studebaker. New York: Henry Holt and Company. p. 121. 1st edn., 1952. 
  2. ^ Biography at United Nations
  3. ^ June 22, 1974

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Founding of the UNDP
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
1966–1972
Succeeded by
Rudolph A. Peterson