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Gregory Balestrero is an American industrial engineer, and CEO Emeritus of the.


Gregory Balestrero is the son of Christopher Emmanuel and Rose (Giolito) Balestrero. The story of his father's arrest in a case of mistaken identity formed the subject of a book by Maxwell Anderson and of Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 movie The Wrong Man.


Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1970.


He has a record of overseeing administrative, financial and internal affairs for professional associations. Christopher Balestrero was wrongly arrested of robbery, had a criminal trial, and was eventually exonerated. The stress and financial burden on Christopher Balestrero's family were the basis of a civil case and appeal's against Prudential Insurance Company.

In 1970 Gergory Balestrero earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 2002, he served as executive director of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), an organization for construction professionals in non-residential building construction, based in Alexandria, Virginia USA. He previously held the position of executive director at the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), headquartered in Norcross, GA, where he has been serving as acting executive director since 1987. Between 2002 and 2010 he was President and CEO of the Balestrero served as the 2003-2004 Board Chairman of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) and an active member and former president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).

In March 2012, Balestrero joined International Institute for Learning, where he serves as a Strategic Adviser for a new program addressing Corporate Consciousness, Leadership and Sustainability. Gregory Balestrero moved to the (PMI), when in 2002 he became its president and CEO. He succeeded Virgil R. Carter, former executive director of the Institute. Balestrero continued the rapid expansion started during Carter's tenure, almost tripling the number of members in seven years.

His two primary goals for PMI are: building a superior project management practice and gaining global acceptance for the profession. During his tenure, PMI has grown from 93,000 in 2002 to over 260,000 members in 2008 in over 150 countries worldwide. At January 15, 2011 he retired and became CEO Emeritus at the He has been succeeded by Mark A. Langley, former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the PMI, and the new President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2010.

After retiring from the in 2011, Balestrero traveled around the world delivering keynote addresses and consulting with businessleaders about the challenges of a global business economy faced withinstability and limited resources. His experiences led Greg to co-author OrganizationalSurvival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future with business strategist Nathalie Udo.


  • In 2004 he received China's 2004 Friendship Award at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.


Balestrero also is a member of the Committee of 100, of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a current member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), where he serves on the Board of Directors for ASAE’s Center for Association Leadership (CAL). The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

And the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Balestrero was honored with a fellowship in the World Academy of Productivity Scientists and is an honorary member of Alpha Pi Mu, an industrial engineering honor society.


Married Frances Higgins, February 25, 1978. 1 stepdaughter, Teresa Knox.

Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero

Rose (Giolito) Balestrero

Frances Higgins