John Ingram and Ian Ayre, Ingram Industries
John R. Ingram
Chairman of the Board, Ingram Industries Inc.
Chairman, Ingram Content Group
John R. Ingram was named Chairman of the Ingram Industries Inc. Board of Directors in April 2008, having served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 1999. He is also Chairman of Ingram Content Group. Mr. Ingram is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1984. In 1986, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Mr. Ingram joined Ingram Industries Inc. in 1986, serving early in his career as the Assistant Treasurer and also as President of Tennessee Book Company (which became part of Ingram Content Group in 2009). He later served as President of Ingram Book Company, Vice President of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Europe, and Director of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc. He served as a member of the Ingram Micro Inc. Board of Directors from 1996 to 2016.
In 2017, as lead investor Mr. Ingram spearheaded the effort to bring Major League Soccer to Nashville. In December of that year, the MLS Board of Governors awarded the city of Nashville an expansion team, a huge success for the city and Nashville soccer fans. Nashville Soccer Club began play in MLS to a record crowd on February 29, 2020.
Mr. Ingram is active as a volunteer in a number of educational and charitable organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University and also serves on the boards of Montgomery Bell Academy and The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, and he actively supports Vanderbilt Athletics and Currey Ingram Academy. He is Chair of the Tennessee Advisory Board of Western Governors University, Vice Chair of the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, and chairman emeritus of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
Mr. Ingram is married with four children.