Retired Chairman and CEO of Rock-Tenn Company, a manufacturer of packaging and recycled paperboard products with over $2 billion in sales.
Brad Currey grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1951. After service as a U.S. Army enlisted man and commissioned officer, he joined Trust Company of Georgia in 1953, rising to Executive Vice President and Director of the bank holding company in 1974. In 1976, he joined Rock-Tenn Company, having served as a director since 1967. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer 1978, Chief Executive Officer in 1989 and Chairman of the Board in 1993.
Mr. Currey served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Rock –Tenn Company and Genuine Parts Company, and currently serves on the Board of Brown & Brown, Inc. He was Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 1984-1989. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Forest & Paper Association and of its predecessor the American Paper Institute for many years. Mr. Currey was a founding member of the Paper Recycling Coalition. He served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Paperboard Packaging Council and as Vice Chairman and Chairman.
Mr. Currey is an Emeritus Trustee of Emory University, having been an active member of the Board of Trustees from 1980 to 2000. He was Chairman from 1994-2000. He served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman in 1974, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Currey was a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Woodruff Arts Center and is an Honorary Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was a Trustee of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation at Callaway Gardens and served on the Board of Directors of the Commerce Club.
Mr. Currey is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He is married to the former Sally McClellan, and they have four children, ten grandchildren.