Tom Chappell

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For the music publisher Thomas Patey Chappell, see Chappell & Co..

Thomas Matthew "Tom" Chappell (born 1943) is an American businessman and manufacturer and co-founder of Tom's of Maine in 1970.

Chappell graduated from the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island in 1961[[1]], and from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a B.A. in English in 1966. Chappell and his wife, cofounder Kate Chappell, moved to Kennebunk, Maine in 1968 to raise their family. Tom and Kate now share a summer home on Monhegan, Maine.

Chappell earned a Masters in Theology at Harvard Divinity School in 1991. He is active in the Episcopal Church of Maine, was a deputy to the 1991 and 1994 Triennial General Conference of the Episcopal Church, and was a member of the Environmental Stewardship Team of the national Episcopal Church. He is active in many cultural and philanthropic organizations, among them the Dean's Council for Harvard Divinity School, the Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School, and the Board of Fellows for Harvard's School of Dental Medicine.

He has authored several books, including The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit and the Common Good and Managing Upside Down: Seven Intentions for Values-Centered Leadership.

In 2006, a controlling 84% stake in Tom's of Maine was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive for $100 million. [2]

In 2009, he and his wife received honorary degrees from Colby College.[3]

Chappell is in the process of forming a new company called Ramblers Way.


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