John A. Luke, Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Career History

John A. Luke, Jr. began his career with Westvaco in 1979. In 1983, he was elected treasurer, and in 1986 he was elected vice president. Between 1987 and 1989 as a senior vice president, his responsibilities expanded to include the corporate marketing function, the international sales organization and Rigesa, Ltda., Westvaco's Brazilian subsidiary. In 1989, he became a member of the board of directors. He was elected executive vice president in 1990, president and chief executive officer in 1992 and chairman in 1996. He was elected chairman of MWV in November 2002.

Military Service

From 1971 through 1974, John served as an officer with the U.S. Air Force in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict.

Professional Associations

  • The Bank of New York Mellon
  • The Timken Company
  • FM Global
  • National Association of Manufacturers
    Member, board of directors, and former Chairman
  • American Forest & Paper Association
    Member, board of directors, and former Chairman
  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    Master of Business Administration
  • Lawrence University
    Bachelor of Arts