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Foundation Board member elected chairman of YKK

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May 18, 2011

Alexander E. Gregory Jr.Alexander E. Gregory Jr.Alex Gregory, who holds two master’s degrees from Georgia College and has served for more than 20 years as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, has been elected chairman of the YKK Corporation of America’s board of directors.  Gregory has been president and CEO of the Marietta-based company.


YKK Corporation of America (YCA) is a subsidiary of YKK Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer of fasteners marketed under the YKK brand and architectural building products marketed under the YKK AP brand. YCA oversees 13 companies operating throughout North and Central America, Colombia and the West Indies. 


“I am honored to have been given these new responsibilities,” Gregory said.  “The best way we can control quality is by manufacturing the products ourselves.  We are confident we can remain globally competitive in this region because we have extremely efficient manufacturing centers.  As a matter of fact, we export many of the fastening products we manufacture here to other regions around the world.” 


Gregory, a native of Eatonton, joined YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in 1973 as the weaving department manager in its then new zipper manufacturing center in Macon.  He was promoted to vice president of manufacturing (1978) and then to senior vice president (1982).  He became senior vice president of corporate planning (1991) for YCA in Marietta, and then executive vice president of corporate development (2000).  He was named president and CEO of YCA in 2001, and will continue to serve in that role in addition to his duties as chairman of the board. 


Gregory was named YKK’s first non-Japanese Group Officer (2004) for YKK Corporation (Japan).  He also served on YKK Corporation’s board of directors in Japan (2008-2010).  Gregory, a retired Naval Reserves Commander with 28 years of service, spent three years on active duty in the United States Navy before joining YKK.


Gregory has a degree in Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech, and MBA (1978) and MSA (1979) degrees from Georgia College.  In 2001, he received the Georgia College Alumni Achievement Award.  In 2002, he was honored as Georgia College’s Executive of the Year.  He has been active on the Board of Trustees for more than 20 years, twice serving as chair.  In 2010, he was inducted honoris causa into the GC Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) honor society.   


Gregory has been deeply involved with Atlanta’s and Georgia’s Japanese community for many years.  He is on the board of the Japan America Society of Georgia.  In 2000, Gregory received the Japanese Chamber’s first annual Yamabikokai Award.  In 2004, he received the first-ever “Governor George Busbee Award” from Gov. Sonny Perdue. 


Gregory and his wife, Glenda, have two grown children: a daughter, Kristen, and a son, Alex III.  They also have two granddaughters, Emma and Mya, and a grandson, Alex IV.

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