About Us



In 1992, the Ohio Business Roundtable was established for one sole purpose:  to improve Ohio’s business climate.  Since its inception, the OBRT has worked with Ohio’s governors and legislative leaders to make Ohio more business-friendly and more competitive both nationally and internationally. 

The Roundtable is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization comprised of chief executive officers of many of Ohio’s largest, most successful companies.  Because of the collective expertise and insight of OBRT members, the Roundtable is uniquely capable of bringing solutions to improve Ohio’s economic vitality and ensure that Ohio remains the ideal state in which to live, work and succeed. 



Message from the President & CEO

Welcome to the Ohio Business Roundtable. 

Since its creation in 1992, the Roundtable has remained singularly focused on its mission to work with the governor and the General Assembly on policies that improve Ohio’s economic competitiveness and make our state business-friendly.

Roundtable members – the Chief Executive Officers of many of our state’s largest, most successful businesses – have helped bring about momentous change in Ohio’s economic landscape. 

Our executives identify vexing, intractable issues facing Ohio’s job creators, and through their expertise, experience and resources, pursue policies that make Ohio stronger.

Ohio has a proud history of innovation and entrepreneurism, and benefits from its strategic location, abundance of natural resources, and skilled, productive workforce.  It is the mission of the Ohio Business Roundtable to leverage these assets to drive economic development and ensure that Ohio remains the ideal place to live, work and prosper.


Pat Tiberi
President and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable


Executive Committee

John Warner

John Warner

McKinsey & Co. and OBRT Chairman

John Warner is currently Chairman of the Ohio Business Roundtable.

He is a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company and is the Global Leader of their Energy and Materials Practice as well as their Chemicals and Agriculture Practice.

John focuses his client efforts on fundamentally improving the performance trajectory of leading-edge companies. Specific areas include: corporate strategy and finance, marketing and sales, operations, organization efficiency/ effectiveness, and change management.

John has a passion for Ohio and has led many high-impact initiatives with the business community on economic development, healthcare, and education.

John has been a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable Executive Committee since 2007 and has played a role in the Roundtable’s initiatives in education, healthcare, fiscal policy, and energy.

Prior to McKinsey, John was a Financial Analyst at General Electric. He is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program. John has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary.

John and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 26 years and they reside in Shaker Heights. They have 3 children – Elizabeth (23), Audrey (21), and John (17).


Steve Steinour

Huntington Bancshares, OBRT Vice Chairman


Gary Heminger

Marathon Petroleum


Nicholas Akins

American Electric Power 


John F. Barrett

Western & Southern Financial Group


Greg D. Carmichael

Fifth Third Bancorp


Phillip Cox

Cincinnati Bell


Tanny Crane

The Crane Group

Lyle Ganske

Jones Day


Richard Smucker

The J.M. Smucker Company


Vishal Soin

Soin International


Frank C. Sullivan

RPM, Inc.


Mike Thaman

Owens Corning  


Ward J. Timken, Jr.

TimkenSteel Corporation

Thomas F. Zenty III

University Hospitals


Past Leadership


1992 - 1993
John D. Ong
Chairman and CEO, The BFGoodrich Company (Akron)


1996 - 1997
John E. Pepper
Chairman and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company (Cincinnati)


2000 - 2001
Jacqueline F. Woods
President, Ameritech Ohio (Cleveland)


2003 - 2006
John F. Barrett
Chairman, President and CEO, Western-Southern Life (Cincinnati)


W. Jerry Jurgensen
Chairman, Nationwide (Columbus)

2011 - 2015
Phillip R. Cox
Chairman, Cincinnati Bell (Cincinnati)
Michael H. Thaman
Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning (Toledo)

2018 - 2019
John Warner
Senior Partner, McKinsey and Company (Cleveland)

1994 - 1995
W. R. Timken, Jr.
Chairman, President and CEO, The Timken Company (Canton)


1998 - 1999
Timothy P. Smucker
Chairman, The J. M. Smucker Company (Orrville)


Dr. E. Linn Draper, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, American Electric Power (Columbus)


Michael G. Morris
Chairman and CEO, American Electric Power (Columbus)


2009 - 2010
John F. Barrett
Chairman, President and CEO, Western-Southern Life (Cincinnati)
Michael G. Morris
Chairman and CEO, American Electric Power (Columbus)


2016 - 2017
Gary R. Heminger
Chairman, President and CEO, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Findlay)


Governors Served

George Voinovich

Ted Strickland

Mike DeWine

Bob Taft

John Kasich


Our Team

Pat Tiberi

Pat Tiberi

President and CEO of Ohio Business Roundtable

In October of 2017, the Ohio Business Roundtable announced the hiring of former Congressman Pat Tiberi as President and CEO of the Roundtable. 

During his 17-year tenure in the U.S. House representing central Ohio, Tiberi served as a senior member on the House Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over tax issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and trade agreements. He also served as chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health where he worked to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare. Tiberi also served on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, which he chaired from 2011 to 2014.

Among his final acts in Congress, Tiberi helped pass the biggest tax reform package in a generation to make our businesses more competitive, create jobs, and provide much-needed relief to American families and businesses.   In his last year in the House, Tiberi served as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.  Comprised of both House and Senate members, the JEC is singularly focused on policies to create jobs and strengthen our economy.   

The son of Italian immigrants, Tiberi has been a lifelong resident of central Ohio.  He is a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University and was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He began his career in public service as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as a realtor.  Pat and his wife, Denice, are the proud parents of four daughters.