John McGirr is vice president, Manufacturing, Corning Incorporated. McGirr is responsible for global manufacturing performance, advancing cost leadership, deploying capabilities, and developing the next generation of leadership. He is also responsible for setting strategic priorities for corporate safety, global quality, and Performance Excellence, and providing leadership for strategic corporate initiatives for Manufacturing, Capital & Inventory Excellence. McGirr chairs Corning’s Manufacturing Excellence Council and co-sponsors the Supply Chain Council. Prior to joining Corning, McGirr served as a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, and a project engineer for Mobil Oil Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as a board member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).