2002 Distinguished Service Award: Richard Antoine

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antoine_richardRichard L. Antoine
Global Human Resources Officer
The Procter & Gamble Company

Richard Antoine joined one of the country’s most admired corporations, Procter & Gamble, right after graduating from UW-Madison in 1969. He started as a soap process supervisor in Chicago, but quickly found himself ascending the ranks of the household goods company. His technical and managerial skills were recognized early in his career when he was appointed as one of the youngest plant managers in the company’s history, with responsibility for P&G’s largest production volume site.

In 1992, Antoine assumed responsibility for P&G’s North American supply system, including 40 manufacturing plants, as well as engineering, purchasing and distribution divisions. He then went to Asia, where he oversaw similar responsibilities for 15 countries. From 1999 to 2001, he had responsibility for the company’s Global Supply Systems, including overseeing 55,000 employees around the world.

During that decade, he oversaw the reduction of production costs by 16 percent, offsetting inflationary and product improvement costs. Antoine currently serves as senior human resources administrator for P&G, with responsibility for all human resource systems for a company that employs over 100,000 people worldwide.

Antoine graduated from UW-Madison in 1969 with a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering. He added a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago in 1972.

Antoine has long had an interest in child-care issues, and has served on the boards of several child-care community organizations. Antoine has also long maintained an interest in the arts, and currently serves on the board of the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

His wife of 32 years, Dorothy O’Brien, is also a graduate of UW. They have one daughter, who is now an undergraduate at NYU. Their hobbies are traveling (more than 40 U.S. states and a similar number of countries) and golf.