Paul E. Morrisroe

Paul E. Morrisroe

Paul E. Morrisroe

2023 Distinguished Alumni Award

Chairman of the Board, Pilot Chemical Company

MS 71

Paul E. Morrisroe (MS 71) has served as Chairman of Pilot Chemical Company since 2000. Morrisroe started at Pilot Chemical in 1972 as a Plant Engineer at the Santa Fe Springs, Calif., plant. From 1973 to 1976 he served as a Project Engineer at the Avenel, N.J., plant, and from 1976 to 1981 as Vice President of Manufacturing. In 1981, Morrisroe started a seven-year term as General Manager of the eastern division of Pilot. He became president of Pilot in 1988 following the death of his father, Pilot Chemical Founder John Morrisroe, and assumed the role of CEO in 1999. Morrisroe led the company in this capacity for the next 16 years. It was during this period that he successfully transitioned the company from the Founder to second-generation family ownership and professional management.

In 2014 Pilot Chemical was awarded the Private Business of the Year Award in the 51+ Years in Business category by the University of Cincinnati Goering Center for Family & Private Business. The award honors family and private businesses in Cincinnati for their positive impact to the community and economy.

Morrisroe retired as CEO in 2015. He remains an active owner as well as Chairman of Pilot Chemical’s Board of Directors, providing oversight as the company has transitioned to the third generation of Morrisroe family ownership and professional management. Pilot Chemical is recognized annually as a top private company in Cincinnati.

Morrisroe received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S. in Business Policy from Columbia University in New York City.