President, American Business Roundtable
John Engler is president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 16 million workers and more than $7 trillion in annual revenues.
A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler assumed the leadership of Business Roundtable in January 2011 after serving six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.
As BRT president, Engler bring CEO expertise and insights to bear on major challenges facing the United States, including global competitiveness, innovation, economic growth and job creation. BRT-member CEOs lead global companies that invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development and generate nearly $500 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually.
BRT’s strategies for growth and job-creation are encapsulated in landmark reports, “Roadmap for Growth,” (2010) “Taking Action for America: A CEO Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth,” (2012) and “It’s Time to Act for America’s Future,” (2013)
As governor of Michigan from 1991-2003, Engler signed 32 tax cuts into law – saving Michigan taxpayers some $32 billion – and helped create more than 800,000 new jobs during his tenure.
Engler had previously served for 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate majority leader. Elected in 1970, Engler was the youngest person ever elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives.
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., in 1948, he graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science in agricultural economics. Later, he earned a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. He and his wife, Michelle, are parents of triplet daughters born in 1994 – Margaret, Hannah and Madeleine.