John G. Smale
|John G. Smale|
|Born||John Gray Smale
August 1, 1927
Listowel, Ontario, Canada
|Died||November 19, 2011
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Home town||Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.|
|Title||CEO, Procter & Gamble|
|Term||1981 to 1990|
John Gray Smale and his twin sister Joy were born on August 1, 1927 in Listowel, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois. Their father worked for the department store chain Marshall Field's as a travelling salesman. He earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1949.
In 1949, he joined Vick Chemical Co and worked for them for three years as a salesman (and would eventually lead the acquisition of their successor company, Richardson-Vicks, for $1.2 billion in 1985.
In 1952, he joined Procter & Gamble in dental products and persuaded the American Dental Association to endorse a new product, Crest toothpaste, which went on to become one of P&G's best-selling brands. He rose to become its seventh CEO, a role he held from 1981 to 1990.
Smale was married to Phyllis Weaver for 56 years until hear death in 2006, and they had four children, John Gray Jr, Peter, Catherine Anne Caldemeyer and Lisa Smale Corbett.
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