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Charles Michel Michel Harper

Charles Michel Harper, American food products executive, director. Named Alumnus of Year, University Chicago Graduate School Business, 1991.

Background

  • Harper, Charles Michel was born on September 26, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. Son of Charles Frost and Alma (Michel) Harper.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1949. Master of Business Administration, University Chicago, 1950. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Nebraska, 1986.

      Degree (honorary), College St. Mary, 1986. Juris Doctor (honorary), Law College St. Mary, 1986. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Purdue University, 1989.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kearney State University, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bellevue College, 1993. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Creighton University, 1993.

    Career

    • Supervisor methods engineering Oldsmobile division General Motors Corporation, Detroit, 1950—1954. Industrial engineer Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis, 1954—1955, director industrial engineering, 1955—1960, director engineering, 1961—1966, vice president research, development and new products, 1965—1970, group vice president-poultry, food service and venture business, 1970—1974. Executive vice president, chief operating officer, director ConAgra Inc., Omaha, 1974—1976, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1976—1981, chairman board, Chief Executive Officer, director, 1981—1993.

      Chairman board, Chief Executive Officer R. J Reynolds Tobacco Company Nabisco Holdings Corporation, New York City, 1993—1995, chairman board, 1995—1996, retired, 1996. Member executive committee National Commission on Agricultural, Trade and Export Policy, 1984—1986. Board directors Burlington Northern Inc., 1985—1991, Norwest Bank Holding Company, 1987—1997, DuPont, 1992—1998, Valmont Industries, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc., ConAgra, Inc.

      Served United States Army, 1946-1948.

    Membership

    President Mid-American Council Boy Scouts American, 1983—1984. Member council Village of Excelsior, Minnesota, 1965—1970, mayor, 1974. Member of University Nebraska Lincoln College Business Administration Alumni Association (honorary life member), Ak-Sar-Ben (governor), Omaha Chamber of Commerce (chairman 1979), United States C. of Chamber (board directors, chairman food and agricultural committee), Beta Theta Pi.

    Connections

    • Married Joan Frances Bruggema, June 24, 1950. Children: Kathleen Harper Wenngatz, Carolyn, Charles Michel, Elizabeth Harper Murphy.
    • father: Charles Frost Harper
    • mother: Alma (Michel) Harper
    • spouse: Joan Frances Bruggema
    • children: Kathleen Harper Wenngatz Harper
    • Carolyn Harper
    • Charles Michel Harper
    • Elizabeth Harper Murphy Harper
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    Born September 26, 1927
    Nationality
    • 1949
      Purdue University
    • 1950
      University Chicago
    • 1986
      University Nebraska
    • 1986
      College St. Mary
    • 1986
      Law College St. Mary
    • 1989
      Purdue University
    • 1990
      Kearney State University
    • 1993
      Bellevue College
    • 1993
      Creighton University
    • 1950 - 1954
      Supervisor methods engineer, engineering Oldsmobile division General Motors Corporation
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1954 - 1955
      industrial engineer, Pillsbury Company
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • 1970 - 1974
      industrial engineer, Pillsbury Company
    • 1974 - 1976
      executive, vice president
      Omaha, Nebraska, United States
    • 1993 - 1995
      chairman, R. J Reynolds Tobacco Company Nabisco Holdings Corporation
    • 1993 - 1995
      Chief Executive Officer, R. J Reynolds Tobacco Company Nabisco Holdings Corporation
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