In part one of this interview, we talk with Chris Griffin about the path he took from a small family contracting business to leader of USG, a $3 billion company with over 7,000 employees. In 2019, USG was part of a large acquisition. We talk about what he learned from that experience and then begin to take a deeper look at his leadership journey and how he encourages others to grow as leaders.
Chris is a proven business leader with more than 35 years’ experience leading multi-dimensional strategies to accelerate growth, optimize market position, and advance globalization.
His previous roles with USG include chief operating officer; executive vice president, Operations; president, International; president of USG’s Canadian subsidiary CGC and several other roles in sales, product management, manufacturing and operations. He also previously served as chief executive officer of Knauf Insulation North America.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and has completed the advanced management program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Since 1902, USG has led the manufacturing industry with innovations and products like sheetrock that have set new standards for design, productivity and performance for customers all over the globe.
In 2017, the company celebrated the 100th anniversary of its iconic Sheetrock Brand, the landmark product that revolutionized interior construction and enabled the lightweight, fireproof walls that continue to be built today. USG is also a leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, including wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products, that help the construction industry build stronger, safer, more sustainable communities.
In April 2019, USG joined the Knauf group under Chris’s leadership; Knauf is the world’s largest gypsum manufacturer with a diverse product portfolio and global footprint.