Thomas E. Gottwald '83
Thomas E. Gottwald ’83 is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of NewMarket Corporation, the Richmond-based parent company of Afton Chemical Company and Ethyl Corporation.
Mr. Gottwald became President and CEO of NewMarket in March 2004, having previously served as President and CEO of Ethyl Corporation from June 2001 through June 2004 and, prior to that, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ethyl. He also is on the board of Tredgar Industries.
He holds a B.S. with Distinction in Chemistry from VMI and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. As a cadet, he was president of his class and played football for four years. As a football player, he was an Academic All-American for one year and an Academic All-Southern Conference player for three years. He served VMI as a member of the Keydet Club’s Board of Governors from 1998 to 2004.
Mr. Gottwald is involved in numerous civic activities in the Richmond area, including the Virginia Home for Boys, The Valentine Museum, and the Richmond Childrens Museum.
Related to numerous alumni, he also is the father of an alumnus, Thomas D. Gottwald ’09, and a current cadet, Edward P. Gottwald ’14.