Dana Mead was named Chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation (MIT’s Board of Trustees) in 2003 and has recently retired. In 1999, he retired from the position of Chairman and CEO of Tenneco, Inc. Mr. Mead chaired two of the successor companies of the Tenneco conglomerate: Tenneco Automotive Inc. and Pactiv Corporation, global manufacturing companies with operations in parts and packaging. He served as deputy director of the Domestic Council from 1972 to 1974 following his appointment as a White House Fellow. He has served as a presidential commissioner on White House fellowships for more than 25 years. Mr. Mead is a trustee of the George Marshall Foundation Board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member of Zurich Financial Services.
Mr. Mead received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from West Point and has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1978.