Joseph Carleone, PhD
BS, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, 1968; MS, Applied Mechanics, College of Engineering, 1970; PhD, Applied Mechanics, College of Engineering, 1972
Mr. Carleone is the founder of Carleone Partners, an advisory firm to the chemical and aerospace industries. He is currently Chairman of Avid Bioservices a publicly traded contract manufacturer of biological pharmaceutical ingredients. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Carleone served as president and chief executive officer of American Pacific Corporation (AMPAC), a diversified chemicals company. In 2014, Mr. Carleone led the public-to-private transaction of AMPAC when HIG, a Miami investment firm, acquired American Pacific Corporation. Prior to joining AMPAC, Mr. Carleone was president of Aerojet Fine Chemicals, LLC, where he led GenCorp business, which developed, scaled-up and produced Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and intermediates for the pharmaceutical industry. He led the sale of this company to American Pacific Corporation in 2005. He also served as the vice president for Operations and Remote Sensing at Aerojet, and prior to that, he was vice president of Tactical and Defense Rocket Motor Programs. In this position, he led a 2,000-person organization at three major locations representing over $540 million in annual sales. He also led the Remote Sensing Systems product sector which delivered satellite sensors for surveillance, meteorological and earth-sensing systems.
He has been a Director of Keystone Corporation, Sensient Technologies and Nevada Succeeds. He served as Chairman of AMPAC Fine Chemicals and as a Director of American Pacific Corporation, Irvine Sensors Corporation and Reinhold Industries. Additionally, he served as a Trustee of the Nevada Development Authority. He had been a Member of the International Ballistics Committee and the American Defense Preparedness Association/National Security Industrial Association. He also served as the Chairman of the Ballistics Division of the National Defense Industrial Association and an Executive Board Member of the Insensitive Munitions & Energetic Materials Division. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries. He was also board member of the Arthritis Foundation, Northeast California Chapter.
At Drexel, the Joseph and Shirley Carleone Endowed Fellowship Fund is named in honor of Mr. Carleone and his wife. In 2002, he was inducted in the Drexel 100 and named to Drexel's College of Engineering Alumni Circle of Distinction. He was also named to the World Association Co-op Hall of Fame in 2008, and in 1998, he received the Firepower Award from the Picatinny Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Mr. Carleone has published over 45 articles and a book titled Tactical Missile Warheads. He developed a course "Sound Bites for Business Leaders" (also known as "Sound Bites for Management") that he has presented to senior executives.