Gary Michel is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of JELD-WEN, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of building products with nearly 25,000 employees in North America, Europe and Australasia. He has more than 35 years of strategy, business transformation, operations and lean manufacturing leadership experience. Michel has a proven track record for accelerating business growth and delivering strong financial results by creating premier performing, values-based organizations.
He joined JELD-WEN in June 2018 from Honeywell International, Inc., where he served as the president and chief executive officer of the home and building technologies strategic business group. Previously, he spent 32 years at Ingersoll Rand, serving as a member of the company’s leadership team as senior vice president and president of its residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning business. He began his career as an application engineer and held various product, sales and business management roles before moving into a series of leadership positions across various geographic and market segments. He served as a member of the board of directors of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company from 2015 to 2021 until it was acquired by Goodyear.
Michel is an active member of the community in Charlotte (home of JELD-WEN’s global headquarters), and he inspires his employees to engage with the communities in which they live and work. He was named 2022 chair of the 64th Annual Greater Charlotte Heart Ball and Heart of Charlotte campaign and has guided the company’s philanthropic efforts, including supporting St. Jude Dream Homes, Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute and the local arts community in Charlotte through the Foundation for the Carolinas. Michel holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.