Jack Nedell ‘54 knew early in life that he wanted to break away from home and go out into the world to travel, explore foreign lands and, eventually, pursue a career abroad. In “Around the World in 80 Years” Jack relates his lifelong journey as a global businessman traveling, living and managing overseas operations in countries throughout the world. From his long career as an executive in Procter & Gamble’s international business, Jack provides behind-the-scenes stories of how P&G evolved from essentially a U.S. business in the 1950’s into the global powerhouse it is today.
Title: Around The World in 80 Years
Author: Jack Nedell ‘54 was born and raised in Hollywood, California, until a stint in the Navy took him out into the world. With the goal of living and working abroad, he then landed a dream job in Europe in 1949 selling French Renault and Peugeot automobiles to U.S. tourists and American GIs. In 1951, while working in Bermuda, Jack met and married his first wife, Libby
In 1953, they moved to Arizona to attend the graduate school that today is known as Thunderbird School of Global Management in order to better prepare for a career in international business. Upon graduation in 1954, The Procter & Gamble Company hired Jack for a special international program aimed at starting up and managing new overseas businesses.
During his first twenty-five years with P&G, Jack, with his family, lived entirely outside of the United States. Initially he worked in Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Chile with responsibilities in sales and brand management. As he rose up the management ladder, he moved on to P&G’s major subsidiary companies in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Japan, where in each case he had CEO responsibility.
Each of these tours involved different cultures, business situations, and personal challenges. A significant highlight of Jack’s overseas experiences was leading P&G’s entry into Japan during the mid 70s when P&G was in a battle for survival because the Japanese government and industry groups made massive efforts to block their entry into this closely controlled market.
From 1977 until his retirement in 1987, Jack was based at P&G’s headquarters in Cincinnati where he reported to the president of P&G International and was at the heart of P&G’s global planning operations with responsibilities for strategic planning, worldwide marketing and overseas business development.
Following retirement, Jack spent several years teaching international management courses at the University of Oregon Business School in addition to lecturing and consulting in the U.S. and abroad. Today Jack and his wife Gloria continue to make word wide travel a priority in their life. When not on a journey somewhere, they divide their time between Coronado, California and their vacation homes in La Quinta, California and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (August 30, 2012)
Price: Hardcover: $34.99 / Paperback: $23.99 / Kindle:$3.99
Description: Paperback, 408 pages
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