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Thomas C. Nelson

Thomas C. Nelson

Class B Director
Term 2018 – 2020

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
National Gypsum Company
Charlotte, North Carolina

Thomas C. “Tom” Nelson has served as the chairman, president and CEO of National Gypsum Company since 1999. From 1995 to 1999, he served as vice chairman and chief financial officer of the building product manufacturer based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Nelson is a member of The Business Council, The Business Roundtable and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and a past chair of the Policy Advisory Board at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. He is also a director of Atrium Health and Yum! Brands Inc.

Nelson graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He worked for Morgan Stanley & Co. and in the venture capital industry before joining National Gypsum. He was selected in 1992 as a White House Fellow where he served as assistant to the Secretary of Defense for special projects and received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Nelson is active in Charlotte’s civic life, serving on the boards of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, Trees Charlotte, and The Good Fellows Club.

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