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A. G. Lafley

A G Lafley
Personal information
Birth dateJune 13, 1947(age 67)
Place of birthKeene, New Hampshire
OccupationChairman, Procter and Gamble
SalaryUS$1.70 million salary, US$3.5 million in bonuses (2007)
PredecessorDurk Jager (as CEO)
SuccessorRobert A. "Bob" McDonald

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Alan George "A.G." Lafley (born June 13, 1947) is the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, retiring from the company in 2010. Lafley is largely credited for turning around P&G during his tenure under the mantra “Consumer is Boss.” During his leadership, sales doubled, profits quadrupled, and P&G’s market value increased by more than $100 billion dollars.

Lafley graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, to earn an A.B. from Hamilton College in 1969. In 1970, after beginning a doctoral program, he took a commission with the U.S. Navy as a supply officer during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, he studied at Harvard Business School, receiving his M.B.A. in 1977. He joined P&G upon his graduation, where he worked until his retirement.

He is credited with revitalizing the company by focusing on P&G’s billion dollar brands like Crest, Tide, and Pampers, But he also brought in several new brands, like Swiffer and Febreze, by merging P&G’s internal resources with outside “open” innovation.

Lafley is a member of the General Electric board of directors and was named the chairman of Hamilton's Board of Trustees in December 2007.

He was awarded "CEO of the Year 2006" by Chief Executive Magazine and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship presented by the CED in 2009. Lafley has also been announced as recipient of the 2010 Edison Achievement Award, an annual award recognizing leaders that have made significant and lasting contributions to innovation, marketing and human-centered design throughout their careers.

On April 8, 2008 Lafley and renowned strategy consultant Ram Charan published The Game Changer, an operating manager's guide to turning innovation into strategic advantage. Business Week selected The Game Changer as one of the year's "Top Ten Business Books". A.G. Lafley also authored the critically acclaimed article What Only the CEO Can Do published as the lead article in Harvard Business Review, May, 2009.

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Headless PSUs can learn lesson from former P&G CEO - Economic Times Tweet this news
Economic Times--A recent article in Harvard Business Review (October 2011) by -AG Lafley-, a former CEO of Procter & Gamble, shows what succession planning at its best can be. Lafley decided that the search for a successor would begin at the begin - Date : Thu, 13 Oct 2011 02:22:56 GMT
Winning the ZMOT - Blogging Innovation (blog) Tweet this news
Blogging Innovation (blog)--All of these moments of truth - ZMOT, FMOT, SMOT - are reflections of the ultimate marketing truth: the shopper is in control, or as P&G's former CEO -AG Lafley- said, “she's the boss.” It's no longer - Date : Sun, 17 Jul 2011 03:23:09 GMT+00:00
Backshoring: Why Bringing Manufacturing Back to the United States Makes Sense - Area Development Online Tweet this news
Area Development Online--When I read articles on this subject, I cannot help but think of a quote from -AG Lafley-, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, which goes to the heart of this issue: “The only strategy that matters is one that touches th - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:18:47 GMT+00:00
Procter & Gamble Co.'s Clay Street Innovation Center: Innovation Awards Winner - Cincinnati Business Courier Tweet this news
Cincinnati Business Courier--The Procter & Gamble Co. created its Clay Street Project in 2004, under former CEO -AG Lafley-, as a way to inspire innovation among its employees. Teams of employees are sent to Clay Street to “shed the expert mind - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:00:09 GMT+00:00
Placing Reckitt Under Review Following CEO's Departure - Toronto Star Tweet this news
Toronto Star--As a parallel, Procter & Gamble's former CEO -AG Lafley- and former CFO Clayt Daley both stepped down from their positions within about six months of each other. P&G, which in our opinion effectively sets the bar in term - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:00:09 GMT+00:00
Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities - BusinessWeek Tweet this news
BusinessWeek--(Just ask P&G's -AG Lafley-, who once planned to be a professor in medieval and Renaissance history.) If you want another good reason to hire from the humanities, consider this: consulting firms like McKinsey and Bain like to hi - Date : Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:53:23 GMT+00:00
Trustee Corner: Fran Musselman '50 - Hamilton College - The Spectator Tweet this news
Hamilton College - The Spectator--I later asked -AG Lafley- [Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hamilton and former Chairman, President and CEO of Procter & Gamble], 'Do you think you could've gotten where you've gotten at P&a - Date : Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:23:29 GMT+00:00
With every failure comes a lesson - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian--Former Procter & Gamble CEI -AG Lafley- insisted: "I think of my failures as a gift." And then claimed Darwin would agree: "It's Darwin's theory," Lafley explains in the latest edition of - Date : Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:44:08 GMT+00:00
"Design Thinking" Isn'ta Miracle Cure, but Here's How It Helps - Co.Design Tweet this news
Co.Design--My old boss, Bruce Nussbaum, emerged as its eloquent champion while the likes of Roger Martin from Rotman, IDEO's Tim Brown, my new boss Larry Keeley and even the odd executive (-AG Lafley- of Procter and Gamble comes to mind) were widely - Date : Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:57:06 GMT+00:00
How to Save the Newspaper Industry - (subscription) Tweet this news (subscription)--Under former CEO -AG Lafley-, who engineered the most significant turnaround of the company's history, P&G sought to fast-track innovation by tapping into R&D outside of the company. Lafley recognized that sm - Date : Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:04:25 GMT+00:00


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