John J. Warner - Chairman
SC Launch Board of Directors
John J. Warner is an industrial operations executive, general manager and entrepreneur with extensive global experience.
He currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Administration, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Warner is former CEO and co-Founder of Selective Micro Technologies, LLC (Selective Micro). Founded in Massachusetts in late 1999, and now located in Ohio, Selective Micro Technologies has developed, applied, and obtained regulatory approvals for a patented system that generates Ultra-Pure Chlorine Dioxide on demand at the point of use. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) has been recognized as a superior biocide that is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi and spores. Warner is a co-inventor of the patented chlorine dioxide in-situ generation system.
Prior to founding Selective Micro, Warner held several senior executive and general management positions with large industrial organizations. He was Chief Operating Officer of World Minerals, Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA. At World Minerals, Warner was the top operating executive for world's largest diatomite and perlite mining and processing company. He was responsible for operations and P&L for 12 mines, 23 plants and global sales and distribution. Operations and mines were located in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
From 1978 to 1997, Warner was an executive with Grace Packaging (Cryovac), W.R. Grace & Co. During his tenure with Grace, he was a plant manager, Director of Customer Equipment Operations and Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for North America.
Warner was named Vice President and General Manager of Grace Packaging, Asia Pacific in 1992. Located in Hong Kong, he was the executive responsible for operations and P&L for a business with 5,000 customers in 25 countries and 27 sales offices and plants in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, China and South Africa. Warner was also responsible for the construction and start-up of manufacturing operations in China and Malaysia.
Warner became Vice President and General Manager of Grace Packaging Europe and Africa in 1996. He and his wife moved to Lausanne, Switzerland where he had operational and P&L responsibility for Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. Grace Packaging Europe and Africa had of $600 million in sales, 3,000 employees, nine plants and 8,000 customers in 30 countries. Warner left Grace Packaging when Sealed Air Corporation acquired it in 1997.
Prior to his corporate experience, Warner was a pilot in the Air Force. The majority of his flying experience is in the C-130 aircraft. Warner flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from 1971 to 1972. Warner was also an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the US Air Force Academy from 1974 to 1978, and was on the Air Staff at the Pentagon prior leaving active duty. He subsequently served in the Air Force Reserve and retired from the Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
While Warner was living in Greenville, prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1992, he participated in many local civic and arts organizations. He was President of the Greenville Symphony Association during the 1991-1992 season. Since returning to South Carolina, he resumed his civic involvement. He is currently serves on the Boards of the Children's Museum of the Upstate and SC Launch.
Warner is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He has two masters degrees, one in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and one in Business from Clemson University.
John and his wife, Jackie, returned to the Greenville, South Carolina area in mid-2008. Both are active in a number of local organizations.