Robert G. Potter (MBA '62)
Academy of Alumni Fellows 1990
Robert G. Potter is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Solutia Inc., where he led the company through its spin-off from Monsanto Company in 1997. He retired in November 1999 after 34 years with these two companies.
Prior to the spin-off of Solutia, he was Corporate Executive Vice President of Monsanto Company and a member of the Monsanto Management Board where he had oversight responsibilities for Fibers, NutraSweet Kelco, Performance Materials, Saflex, Specialty Products business units, and worldwide marketing coordination.
He is a member of the board of directors of Arch Coal Inc., Stephan Company; was a director of Cray Research Inc., prior to its acquisition by Silicon Graphics, Solutia Inc.; and Southdown Inc., prior to is acquisition by Cemex.
Born April 16, 1939, in Terre Haute, IN, he received a BS from Purdue University in 1961 and an MBA from Indiana University in 1962. He attended the Executive Program of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. prior to joining Monsanto, he served as an officer in the US Navy from 1962 though 1965.