Amory Houghton, Jr.
Though he is now known for his post-business career as a New York Congressman, Houghton began his career at the family firm as an accountant in 1951. In his many years as CEO of Corning, Houghton focused on expanding profitable new ventures while simultaneously cutting costs. He invested heavily in biotechnology, medical instruments and fiber optics, which were somewhat young, risky ventures at the time, but now form the profitable core of Corning’s business. Houghton’s strategic vision brought Corning out of several years of stagnant growth and started a remarkable period of expansion.