Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> June 3, 1999
Jean-paul Valles – Minerals Technologies Inc
JEAN-PAUL VALLES, Ph.D., is Chairman and CEO of Minerals Technologies
Inc. He has held that position since August 1992. Minerals Technologies
Inc. became a publicly traded company through an initial public offering
from Pfizer Inc. on October 23, 1992. Mr. Vall_s joined Pfizer in 1968
as an Economist and Assistant to the Chairman. In 1970, he was appointed
Director of Corporate Planning and Information Services, and, in 1972,
was elected Controller of the company. In 1980, he was elected to the
Board of Directors of Pfizer Inc., a position he continues to hold. Mr.
Vall_s became Vice President-Finance in June 1980 and was elected Senior
Vice President-Finance in January 1989. In April 1989, he was given
responsibility for Pfizer Specialty Minerals Group, the operations that
comprise Minerals Technologies Inc. In August 1990, he was elected
Senior Vice President and assumed the added responsibility for the
company's Animal Health group. He was elected Executive Vice President
in February 1991 when he also became responsible for the Pfizer
Specialty Chemicals Group. On January 1, 1992, Mr. Vall_s was given the
additional responsibility for the Pfizer Hospital Products group and, on
March 1, 1992, he was elected Vice Chairman of Pfizer Inc. Born in
Paris, France , Mr. Vall_s received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics
in 1956 and graduated from Ecole Superieure de Comerce de Paris in 1960.
He earned his M.B.A. from New York University in 1961 and his Ph.D. in
1967, also from NYU. Mr. Vall_s serves on the Board of Directors of
Pfizer Inc., Junior Achievement of New York Inc., the New York Chapter
of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in the U.S., Inc. and the
National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the American
Economic Association, the Economic Club of New York, the Financial
Executives Institute, the Stern School Board of Overseers and The
Conference Board, Inc. Profile
TWST: Can you give us a brief overview and a little bit of the history
of Minerals Technologies ?
Mr. Vall_s: Basically, we are a resource- and technology-based company.