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Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.

Gregory L. Wade
Global Chief Supply Chain Officer (retired), Molson Coors Brewing Company

Dr. Greg Wade studied chemistry at Rutgers University–Camden and ended up using that knowledge as an executive involved in mergers and spin-offs of large food and beverage companies.

Wade, born in Manhattan, Kansas, graduated from high school in Palmyra, New Jersey, and then headed to Rutgers-Camden where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1970 while playing varsity baseball and basketball and serving as president of the school’s chapter of the Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity.  At Rutgers–Camden, Wade also met Donna Ronayne, who has been his wife for more than 45 years.

He later returned to Rutgers, this time at the New Brunswick campus, to earn a doctorate in food science.  He additionally received a master’s degree at Saint Joseph’s University.

After four years in the early 1970s working on gathering intelligence in the U.S. Navy, with stints in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Vietnam, he returned to New Jersey to work at Camden-based Campbell Soup Company, where he held a series of jobs — and again lived in other countries including Canada and the United Kingdom.

During his time at Campbell, he was part of teams that acquired and integrated several other companies.

Wade left Campbell in 1988 after 24 years there, but did not go far.  He helped spin off Vlasic Foods International, a company best known for pickles, from Campbell.

Later, he was a supply chain executive for major brewing companies and was again involved in mergers to create two of the biggest brewers in the United States.  First, he was a Molson executive involved in merging with Coors, and later, he was involved with the creation of Miller Coors, now the second-largest brewery in the country.

During his career, Wade also took some time for a very different pursuit:  refereeing basketball and umpiring baseball at the high school, community college and semi-professional levels.

Wade, a father of three and grandfather of eight, is now mostly retired — and spending time with his children and grandchildren — while doing some business consulting.