Gary Lehman is a 1974 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management. He also holds an MBA from Case Western University where he was a recipient of the Eaton Scholarship and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. Lehman serves on the Purdue University Board of Trustees, a position he has held since his 2010 appointment.
Lehman is the retired chairman of the board of Oerlikon Fairfield and president of Oerlikon AG-Americas. He is also the founder of the Cannelton Group, a firm specializing in providing management services to under-performing, privately held manufacturing companies and has also held executive leadership positions with John Deere, Federal Mogul Corp, ITT Industries and Philips Electronics.
Lehman serves on the boards of several civic and business organizations. These include the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Manufacturers Association, North Central Health Services, Ivy Tech Corporate College, First Merchants Corporation, Ash Access Technology, Inc., and SCP Limited Inc., as well as the advisory board for Lafayette Bank and Trust. He also serves as the chairman of the board of Greater Lafayette Commerce.
Lehman was the 2008 campaign chairman for United Way of Greater Lafayette and is the past president of the Sagamore Council of the Boy Scouts of America, from which he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout and the Silver Beaver awards. In 2007, Lehman received the Distinguished Service Award from Purdue University Daniels School of Business.
Mr. Lehman has shared his business acumen and leadership skills with organizations large and small to improve productivity and success