Vice President of Research & Development, Procter & Gamble (Retired)
Jeffrey B. Hamner, a Chemical Engineering graduate (1977) from the University of Tennessee, spent his career at the Procter & Gamble Company, with assignments in Memphis, Cincinnati, and Kobe, Japan. Until 2000, Hamner progressed through increasing levels of responsibility in Research & Development at P&G. He worked on major brands across the company’s portfolio, including Tide, Pantene Head & Shoulders, Crest, Secret, Old Spice and Pampers. Hamner’s work during this period spanned different facets of the R&D continuum, including applied research; process, product, and package definition; and plant trials and startups.
From 2000 until his retirement in June 2013, Hamner had the position of Vice-President, Corporate R&D at P&G. In this role, he led various capability groups, including packaging, process, chemical and bio technology, advanced materials and analytical. He created and led novel technology groups called Transformative Platform Technologies. He oversaw Connect & Develop for R&D from 2011. Hamner helped create (and led R&D) a Joint Venture between P&G and Clorox for Glad food and trash storage, and served as Board observer for the JV from 2003-13. From 2012, he chaired a group of Corporate R&D VP’s as Sector Leader for Corporate R&D.
Since his retirement, Hamner works with academia (Universities of Tennessee and Cincinnati) and periodically consults small technology companies.