Jerre Stead is a visionary business leader with a long career leading high-tech and information companies—most recently at IHS Inc., a leading provider of critical information, insight and analytics worldwide.
Stead started his career with an entry position at Honeywell Corporation and went on to lead eight public companies over 38 years with an average annual return of 28 percent, landing him in the Guinness Book of Records for the best total returns during that period of time. Stead has served on 34 corporate boards and chaired 16 capital drives for nonprofit organizations during his career.
He co-chaired President Bill Clinton’s project to reinvent the government, and in 2013, was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to oversee the state’s flood recovery efforts.
Yet Stead also has a history steeped in The Salvation Army as the great-great-nephew of W.T. Stead, a Victorian journalist best known for his part in the “Maiden Tribute” campaign that resulted in the raising of the age of consent in the United Kingdom to 16.