Peter C. Browning

Lead Director

Acuity Brands

Peter Browning currently serves on the boards of Scansource, Inc., GMS, Inc., and Acuity Brands, Inc. He also sits on the board of the privately-held Equilar, Inc. Peter is a founder and managing director of Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a board advisory service. Peter spent 24 years with the Continental Can Company. He joined National Gypsum Company in 1989, and in September 199, was elected chair, president, and CEO of National Gypsum Company, seeing the company through and out of bankruptcy.

Peter joined Sonoco Products Company (a $5 billion global packaging company) in November 1993 where he last served as President and CEO, before retiring in July 2. In March 22, he was appointed Dean of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte where he served until May 25.

Since 1987, he has served on the board of directors of fourteen publicly traded companies, including ten years at Wachovia Corporation, sixteen years at Lowes Companies, sixteen years at Nucor Corporation where he served as non-executive chair and lead director, and finally, fourteen years at EnPro Industries.

Peter is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. A 1963 graduate of Colgate University with an AB in history, he earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1976.  The Harvard Business School prepared a case study regarding his success in effecting changes at Continental’s White Cap Division. A case study has also been written on his experience at National Gypsum for use at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.