Gretchen W. McClain has served as President & CEO of J.M. Huber Corporation since April 2022. She joined the Huber Board of Directors in 2016, bringing a unique perspective based on more than 25 years of global experience. McClain has held a diverse range of leadership roles, including the founding CEO of Xylem Inc.—an S&P 500 global water technology company with almost $4 billion in revenue—and Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s International Space Station.
Before becoming Huber’s President & CEO, she provided leadership coaching and business services to CEOs, Executives and C-suite leaders through her consulting practice, GW McClain Advisory Services. McClain worked with start-up firms and private equity firms on strategic development, business growth and expansions, including mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to establishing her consulting business, McClain oversaw the successful spin-off and creation of Xylem for ITT Corporation. Before taking the helm at Xylem, McClain served as President and Senior Vice President of ITT Fluid Motion & Control.
McClain also held several senior executive leadership positions at Honeywell Aerospace (formerly AlliedSignal), including Vice President and General Manager of its Business, General Aviation & Helicopter, Commercial Electronics Systems division.
Earlier in her career, McClain held the top management position at NASA responsible for the International Space Station. During her nine years with the space agency, McClain received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
McClain currently serves on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded companies: AMETEK, Inc. and Booz Allen & Hamilton Holding Corporation. She formerly served on the Boards of Boart Longyear Limited and Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. VI.
McClain was recognized on CEO Connection’s list of the Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market for 2023. This annual program honors outstanding women who influence change, innovation and standards for excellence within mid-market companies.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.