William Leone, DSc

William Leone, DSc

Title: Vice Chair, Retired
Company: MAXXAM, Inc.
Location: Palos Verdes Estates, California, United States

William Leone, DSc, Retired Vice Chair of MAXXAM, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Business Management.

With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Leone retired in 1992, having been vice chair of MAXXAM, Inc., since 1990, and president and director of its predecessor, MCO Holdings, Inc., from 1980 to 1990. Prior to obtaining these positions, he was acting vice chair and a member of the board of directors for the McCulloch Oil Corporation from 1979 to 1980, and an independent business consultant from 1977 to 1979.

From 1976 to 1979, Dr. Leone was president and director of the Farah Manufacturing Company, and from 1972 to 1976 he was president of City Investing Company International, Inc. He was the president of the Rheem Manufacturing Company from 1972 to 1976, having been executive vice president since 1971, group vice president since 1968, vice president, general manager, and director of Rheem Electronics since 1960, and vice president, director and general manager of Rheem Califone in 1960. Earlier in his career, he was a manager with the Hughes Aircraft Industrial Systems Division from 1953 to 1959, and an assistant professor of Engineering with the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1953.

Dr. Leone began his career as a student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 1944. He then joined the United States navy, serving as a lieutenant, junior grade, until 1946. Dr. Leone returned to his studies at Carnegie, earning a Master of Science in 1948 and a Doctor of Science in 1952.

A respected voice in the field, Dr. Leone has been affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including as chair, CEO, and director of the Pacific Lumber Company and the Horizon Corporation. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Institute of Aerospace and Aeronautics, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Theta Tau, and Pi Mu Epsilon. A Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, he has contributed numerous articles to technical journals, is a patentee in the field, and authored “Production Automation and Numerical Control.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Leone has been recognized for his contributions, including having been named most Promising Senior Engineer by the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in finance and Business.

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