Gary K. Chan ’80 ’17P earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Houston in 1985. While at Lehigh, he was president of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.
For more than three decades, Gary led a successful career at Kraft Foods, one of the world’s largest snack, food, and beverage companies. He joined the company in 1980 at the Kraft Houston Maxwell House Coffee manufacturing plant, where he was a project engineer. Throughout his profession, he served in several top leadership positions at Kraft in finance and strategy in the global supply chain, international, and North America businesses. In 2012, Kraft formally changed its name to Mondelez International, Inc. Gary retired in 2013 from his position as senior vice president of finance transformation, a role that entailed re-designing the company’s global finance processes and systems to a world class level.
Honored for his professional achievements, he received the Asian American Corporate Achievement Award in 2000 from the Organization of Chinese Americans and was recognized as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United in 2011. Gary also served on the board of directors of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Born in Hong Kong, Gary immigrated to the United States in 1967.
Gary is an active Lehigh alumnus and is the president of the Lehigh University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors, having previously served as senior vice president. He also is a LUAA class correspondent and alumni admissions outreach volunteer. Working with members of the Admissions’ staff, Gary coordinated a field trip by students from his high school alma mater, Brooklyn Technical High School, to the university. In 2015, he served as chair for his 35th Class Reunion Fund and was a class outreach volunteer. Gary has also proudly carried the flag of the Class of 1980 during the Freshman Rally. Gary and his wife, Helen, are members of the Parents’ Council. Their daughter, Laura, is in the Class of 2017 and is in the IDEAS honors program.
The Chans have provided generously for students with financial need in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science by establishing an endowed scholarship in their namesake. Their philanthropy to the university also includes gifts to the Lehigh Fund and financial aid. Members of the top giving societies at Lehigh University, the Tower Society and the Asa Packer Society, Gary and Helen hosted an Asa Packer Society Chicago reception at the Driehaus Museum.
The Chans live in Longboat Key, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois.