Thomas C. (Tom) Nelson has served as Chairman, President, and CEO of National Gypsum Company since 1999. National Gypsum Company, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a leading building products company. The National Gypsum® name has been synonymous with high-quality, innovative products and exceptional customer service since 1925.
Nelson serves on the Boards of Atrium Health, Bechtel, and Yum! Brands. He recently completed a 6-year Board term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Nationally, Nelson is a member of The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, The Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard Business School's Board of Dean's Advisors. He served as former Chair of the Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board and former Chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Nelson received a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. 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.