John W. Conway

DEFINITION of 'John W. Conway'

The chairman, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Crown Holdings, a company that produces metal packaging such as soft drink cans, candy tins and aerosol containers for beauty products and industrial products. When Conway became CEO in 2001, the company had a large market share but a recession was hurting its business. Conway cut costs by closing several of the company's plants. He also oversaw the company's expansion in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Middle East and the sale of its cosmetics packaging business and global plastic closures business.

BREAKING DOWN 'John W. Conway'

Born in 1945, Conway holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School and has also been a board member of PPL and West Pharmaceutical Services. Conway began his career with Continental Can International, which was acquired by Crown Cork & Seal in 1991 and became Crown Holdings in 2003. He became president and COO of Crown in 1991 and CEO and chairman in 2001.