President & Chief Executive Officer
James J. Owens was named president and CEO of H.B. Fuller Company in November 2010, where he is leading the company's transformation and profitable growth in its targeted markets. He joined H.B. Fuller on Sept. 2, 2008, as senior vice president of the Americas region, directing all aspects of the company's operations in its largest region.
Prior to H.B. Fuller, Owens spent 22 years with National Adhesives, a division of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries Limited), in a variety of management positions. These included corporate vice president and general manager of the North American adhesives business; division vice president and general manager, Europe; business director for the pressure sensitive and laminating adhesives business unit; marketing manager; and technical services manager. He also ran the North America adhesives business for Henkel after its acquisition of National Adhesives.
Owens is a board member of Donaldson Company, Inc., and the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), the industry's premier trade association. He served from 2008 until 2010 as ASC chairman and from 2006 until 2008 as treasurer. He also serves on the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers and its Executive Education Advisory Board.