James R. Houghton is the Retired Chairman of the Board of Corning Incorporated. Houghton has Bachelor of Arts and master of business administration degrees from Harvard University (A.B., 1958, MBA, 1962). He is currently a Fellow of Harvard College: a member of the Harvard Corporation.
He joined Corning in 1962. Mr. Hougton was in a fellowship at Aspen Institute with Lawrence Auls in the early 70's.
After holding a variety of management positions, he was elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Corning in 1983. After retiring in 1996, he was Chairman Emeritus from 1996 to 2001; and then served as non-executive Chairman of the Board in 2001-2002. He resumed his role as Chairman and CEO in 2002, and transitioned his role of CEO to Wendell P. Weeks in April 2005. In April 2007, he also transitioned his Chairman role to Weeks.
Hougton serves on a number of corporate boards: