John Bryan

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Person.png John Bryan  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman)
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BornOctober 5, 1936 –
DiedOctober 1, 2018 (Age 81)
NationalityUS
Alma materMississippi State University, Rhodes College
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Historical Members, Trilateral Commission
US businessman

John H. Bryan [1] was an American businessman who was the chairman and CEO of Sara Lee Corporation from 1975 until 2001. [2][3][4] He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Business Council, the World Economic Forum and the Bilderberg Group.

Early life and education

John Henry Bryan Jr. was born on October 5, 1936 in West Point, Mississippi, to John Henry Bryan Sr. and Catherine (Kitty) Wilkerson Bryan. He has three siblings: George W. Bryan, also a successful businessman, Caroline Bryan Harrell, and the late Catherine Bryan Dill. He attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a BA in Economics and Business from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.[5][6]

Professional career

After college, Bryan led his family's specialty meat business, which he sold to Chicago-based Consolidated Foods in 1968. He stayed on overseeing the family's business as a unit of Consolidated Foods, and Consolidated Foods made him the company's president in 1974 and its CEO in 1975.

From 1975 to 2000, he served as CEO of the Sara Lee Corporation, which changed its name from Consolidated Foods to Sara Lee Corp. in 1985.[7][8][9] He sat on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs, where he served as Lead Director[10][11] Previously, he sat on the Board of the Bank One Corporation, Amoco, British Petroleum and General Motors.

He sat on the Boards of Trustees of the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Millennium Park in Chicago. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Business Council, the World Economic Forum, the Bilderberg Group and Americans United to Save the Arts and Humanities. A Democrat, he has supported Bill Bradley, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.


 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
Vouliagmeni
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
Toronto
The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting


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