Thomas Craig (Tom) Nelson

Thomas Craig (Tom) Nelson
President and CEO, National Gypsum Company

Last Updated: 09/25/2017

Executive Summary

After earning degrees from both Stanford and Harvard, Tom Nelson worked as a private equity executive, founded a venture capital firm with a Harvard classmate (and his future wife) and served as an assistant to then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. In 1990 he married Anna Spangler, the scion of one of North Carolina's wealthiest and

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Nelson's parents were Swedish immigrants who lived in Glenview, Illinois. His father, Nels Richard Nelson, was a marketing executive for IBM in Chicago.
  • Nelson grew up in Chicago.

Current Focus

  • Company Snapshot:  National Gypsum is a fully integrated manufacturer and supplier of building products used worldwide. Primary emphasis is on Gold Bond BRAND gypsum board, including the PURPLE family of drywall pr

Biographical Highlights

  • Born c.1963
  • Nelson earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University (1984) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1988).

Other Boards and Organizations

  • Former Chair, Policy Advisory Board, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University (1992-1993)
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Endeavor Pharmaceuticals (1994)

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