Chairman, President and CEO, Procter & Gamble Company
Once described by Fortune as having a "Mister Rogers demeanor," Lafley's easygoing manner masks a relentless drive. During his long career at Procter & Gamble, Lafley has become legendary for conducting his own research into P&G products, whether it means touring the brutal slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil or visiting homes in Japan under an alias. However unorthodox, his methods kept the Company extremely profitable after he took over as CEO in 2000. In June 2009 it was announced that COO Robert McDonald would become the company's chief executive beginning in July 2009. Lafley relinquished the title of Chairman in January 2010 and joined the Clayton Dubilier & Rice as Special Partner. However, he returned to the top spot at P&G in 2013 after an activist investor and hedge fund manager engineered Bob McDonald’s ouster.
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