Biography - Edward G. Galante, E'73

Mel Aronson

Edward G. Galante graduated from Northeastern University in 1973, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He joined his co-op employer, ExxonMobil, upon the completion of his course work and remained with the company for 34 years. He retired in 2006.

While at ExxonMobil, Ed held a variety of positions in domestic and international business, ultimately rising to the position of Senior Vice President and member of the company's four-person Management Committee. His principal responsibilities in this role included the worldwide Downstream business: Refining & Supply, Fuels Marketing, Lubricants & Specialties, and Research & Engineering. Ed oversaw 45 refineries worldwide, marketing, and sales activities in nearly 200 countries and territories, and a research budget of several hundred million dollars. He was also responsible for corporate staff functions including Public Affairs and Environmental, Health, and Safety activities.


Ed Galante in his 1973 yearbook.

 In 2007, Ed and his wife, Cathie, established the Galante Engineering and MBA Program at Northeastern. Designed for engineering students who want to acquire critical leadership and entrepreneurial skills, this interdisciplinary program allows them to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering along with a master's degree in business in six years. The first group of students for the program was selected in 2008 from the engineering class of 2010.

A native of Inwood, New York, Ed serves on the Board of Trustees at Northeastern and as an Executive-in-Residence in its College of Business Administration. He is a Director of Praxair, Inc. and Foster Wheeler Ltd, and is active on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Ed has previously served on the Boards of the Council of the Americas, Council for the United States and Italy, and as Vice Chairman of the United States Council for International Business. He is a member of the 25 Year Club of the Petroleum Industry.

Ed and Cathie reside in Texas and have four children.

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