John T. Dillon

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John T. Dillon (born September 7, 1938) is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper (1996–2003).[1]

Early life[edit]

Dillon was born in 1938 in Schroon Lake, New York. He earned an AAS in Pre-professional Forestry from Paul Smith's College in 1958,[2] a BA from the University of Hartford in 1966[3] and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1971.[4] He joined International Paper in 1965 as a sales trainee.[5] He became President and COO in 1995 and Chairman and CEO in 1996. He held these positions until he retired in 2003.

Prior to his appointment as Chairman and CEO, Dillon served as President and Chief Operation Officer of International Paper.

Dillon also serves as a director on other corporate boards, including: Caterpillar Inc. since 1997, DuPont since 2004, Kellogg Co. and Vertis. He is the Vice Chairman of Evercore Capital Partners.[6]

He is also a member of The Business Council. Dillon is a former chairman of The Business Roundtable and American Forest and Paper Association, was a member of the President's Advisory Council on Trade Policy and Negotiations and served as chairman of the National Council on Economic Education.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dillon lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.[8]


  1. ^ "John Georges Announces Retirement After 11 Years As International Paper's Chairman And Ceo; John Dillon To Succeed Him On April 1 | Business Wire | Find Articles at BNET". 1996-02-26. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ "Adirondack Daily: Paul Smith's College alum donates $1 million".
  3. ^ "Hartford: Alumni News 2000" (PDF).
  4. ^ "The Sun: Alumnus donates $1 million to Paul Smith's".
  5. ^ "NYT: BUSINESS PEOPLE; Shifting of Top Duties At International Paper".
  6. ^ "John T. Dillon Profile -". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  8. ^ "Ellsworth American: Dillon named new chairman of U.S. Atlantic Salmon Federation Board".

Paul Smith's College